Education and training is main concern in Queen’s Speech

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.

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