Government: Legislative Programme

House of Lords written statement – made on 10th May 2012.

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Photo of Lord Strathclyde Lord Strathclyde Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Following yesterday's State Opening of Parliament and for the convenience of the House, I am listing below 15 Bills which the Government intend to bring forward in the current Session:

Banking Reform Bill;Children and Families Bill;Crime and Courts Bill;Croatia Accession Bill;Defamation Bill;Electoral Registration and Administration Bill;Energy Bill;Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill;European Union (Approval of Treaty Amendment Decision) Bill;Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill;House of Lords Reform Bill;Justice and Security Bill;Pensions Bill;Public Service Pensions Bill; andSmall Donations Bill.

In addition, a draft Care and Support Bill, a draft Local Audit Bill, a draft Water Bill and a draft Communications Data Bill were included in the Queen's Speech. The Government intend to bring forward measures to maintain the ability of the law enforcement and intelligence agencies to access vital communications data under strict safeguards to protect the public, subject to scrutiny of draft clauses. Other draft measures for pre-legislative scrutiny will be published in the course of the session.

The Government also intend to bring forward a Scottish Law Commission Bill on Scottish Unincorporated Associations and Partnerships, if parliamentary time allows.

Detailed information about each of these Bills can be accessed from the Number 10 website at www.number10.gov.uk/queens-speech-2012.