Good afternoon, Netizens…
[Picture of the Royal entrance into the combined Houses of the Lords and Commons, courtesy of AP]
in the House of Lords, Her Majesty presented the Queen’s Speech 2009 to
both Houses of Parliament. This is what she said:
“My Lords and members of the House of Commons.
My Government’s overriding priority is to ensure sustained growth to
deliver a fair and prosperous economy for families and businesses, as
the British economy recovers from the global economic downturn. Through
active employment and training programmes, restructuring the financial sector,
strengthening the national infrastructure and providing responsible
investment, my Government will foster growth and employment.
My Government will also strengthen key public services, ensuring that
individual entitlements guarantee good services, and will work to build
trust in democratic institutions.
My Government will seek effective global and European collaboration
through the G20 and the European Union to sustain economic recovery and
to combat climate change, including at the Copenhagen summit next month.
The Duke of Edinburgh and I look forward to our visit to Bermuda and
our State Visit to Trinidad and Tobago and to the Commonwealth Heads of
Government Meeting in this, the Commonwealth’s 60th anniversary year.
We also look forward to receiving the President of South Africa next
My Government will continue to reform and strengthen regulation of the
financial services industry to ensure greater protection for savers and
taxpayers. Legislation will be brought forward to enhance the
governance of the financial sector and to control the system of rewards.
As the economic recovery is established, my Government will reduce the
budget deficit and ensure that national debt is on a sustainable path.
Legislation will be brought forward to halve the deficit.
My Government will introduce a Bill to enable the wider provision of free personal care to those in highest care need.
Legislation will be brought forward to introduce guarantees for pupils and parents to raise educational standards.
My Government will legislate to protect communities by ensuring that
parents take responsibility for their children’s antisocial behaviour
and by tackling youth gang crime.
My Government will introduce a Bill to ensure the communications
infrastructure is fit for the digital age, supports future economic
growth, delivers competitive communications and enhances public service
Legislation will be introduced to support carbon capture and storage
and to help more of the most vulnerable households with their energy
My Government will respond to proposals for high-speed rail services between London and Scotland.
Legislation will be introduced to protect communities from flooding and to improve the management of water supplies.
My Government is committed to ensuring everyone has a fair chance in
life and will continue to take forward legislation to promote equality,
narrow the gap between rich and poor and tackle discrimination. The
Bill would also introduce transparency in the workplace to help address
the differences in pay between men and women.
My Government will continue to enshrine in law its commitment to abolish child poverty by 2020.
My Government will legislate to provide agency workers with the right
to be treated equally with permanent staff on pay, holidays and other
Legislation will continue to be taken forward on constitutional reform.
My Government will also publish draft legislation on proposals for a
reformed second chamber of Parliament with a democratic mandate.
A Bill will be introduced to strengthen the law against bribery.
My Government will continue to work closely with the devolved
administrations in the interests of all the people of the United
Kingdom. My Government is committed to the Northern Ireland political
process and will continue to work with Northern Ireland’s leaders to
complete the devolution of policing and justice and to ensure its
In Scotland, my Government will take forward proposals in the Final Report of the Commission on Scottish Devolution. My Government will continue to devolve more powers to Wales.
Members of the House of Commons.
Estimates for the public services will be laid before you.
My Lords and members of the House of Commons.
My Government will work for security, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan and Pakistan and for peace in the Middle East.
Legislation will be brought forward to ban cluster munitions.
My Government will work towards creating the conditions for a world
without nuclear weapons, including addressing the challenges from Iran
and North Korea.
Draft legislation will be published to make binding my Government’s
commitment to spend nought point seven per cent of national income on
international development from 2013.
Other measures will be laid before you.
My Lords and members of the House of Commons.
I pray that the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your counsels.