The first majority Conservative Government for 18 years will unveil its legislative programme in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday 27 May 2015, and after five years of Coalition compromise, the party is now free to press forward with its entire manifesto.
DeHavilland has outlined the major Bills expected to feature in the speech, spanning policy areas from EU membership to employment law, and from devolution to metadata.
A welfare reform bill to replace Jobseekers Allowance for 18-21s with a time-limited Youth Allowance. Would also reduce the Benefit Cap to £23,000 in order to pay for more apprenticeships.
A Bill aiming to cut “red tape” and help SMEs by providing a conciliation service and making it easier to comply with local authorities. Would also restrict the ability of trade unions to take strike action by changing ballot requirements.
A Bill to restrict the activities of those seeking to radicalise the young. Would institute “Extremism Disruption Orders” and “Banning Orders” to curb the actions of those engaging in “harmful activities”.
City Devolution Bill
Legislation seeking to create “a radical new model of city government” by allowing cities to effectively bid for devolved power under an elected Mayor, in line with the model in use in Manchester.
Legislation promised after the Scottish Independence Referendum, which will transfer new fiscal powers to Holyrood and secure the position of the Scottish Parliament in law.
EU Referendum Bill
A Bill to provide for an in-out EU referendum on the UK’s EU membership, to take place before the end of 2017.
Communications Data Bill
A controversial Bill blocked by the Liberal Democrats during the last Parliament, which would require internet and mobile providers to retain records of user activity for the benefit of law enforcement combating the terrorist threat.
British Bill of Rights
Legislation to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a “British Bill of Rights” in order to prevent foreign criminals from resisting deportation ... though could prove too controversial for inclusion in the initial legislative programme.
A Bill to extend free childcare provision for working parents with children aged three and four, providing 30 hours a week and aimed at saving families up to £5,000.
Legislation to address “coasting” schools that are not actually failing by imposing forced takeovers by sponsors or neighbouring institutions, with accompanying academisation.
Possible legislation to permit new powers for Wales, including a greater say over borrowing and energy projects.
A Bill to implement the controversial Conservative Manifesto promise to extend the Right to Buy to housing associations.
Policing and Sentencing Bill
Legislation to ban the allocation of police cells as “places of safety” for minors detained on mental health grounds and reduce the maximum period of detention for medical assessment.
A potential new law to stop the development of new onshore wind farms; legislation for a tax-free Minimum Wage; a free vote on the Hunting Act; and possible measures to decriminalise non-payment of the BBC Licence Fee.
To find out more about these expected new Bills, click here to read our special speculation briefing, which will be updated on Tuesday 26 May.
A graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, Harry Davies is Editorial Manager at DeHavilland and monitors the UK Parliament and devolved institutions. In the past Harry has interned at the US House of Representatives.