The Queen’s Speech has laid out the forthcoming legislation for the next parliamentary term, with education and training being the government’s “main concern”.
A total of 45 bills and five draft bills are in the 2005 Queen’s Speech for the next 18-month parliamentary term. Many of these will affect HR and training professionals. They include:
- Armed Forces Bill – to establish a single system of service law for the armed forces.
- Child Care Bill – to change the regulation of child care provision for the under fives.
- Company Law Bill – to make it easier to set up and run a company as part of promise of greater flexibility and less red tape for companies.
- Corporate Manslaughter Bill – to hold management accountable for negligence leading to the death of a person.
- Education Bill – to allow schools to expand and to allow independent contractors enter the schools system to help improve standards.
- Equality Bill – to establish the controversial Commission for Equality and Human Rights
- Incapacity Benefit Bill – to help get more people back into work quicker.
- Parental Rights Bill – to extend paid maternity leave to nine months and to give more rights to working fathers.
- Pensions Bill will be based on the findings of the Turner Report due out in the autumn.