Queen’s speech: New Bills at-a-glance

Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen's Speech as the Duke of Edinburgh listens, during the State Op

Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen's Speech as the Duke of Edinburgh listens, during the State Opening of Parliament, in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London on Wednesday May 18. Photo: Alastair Grant/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Here's a quick look at the Bills announced in the 2016 Queen's Speech:

The Imperial State Crown is carried into the Houses of Parliament on May 18 in London, England. (Ph

The Imperial State Crown is carried into the Houses of Parliament on May 18 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) - Credit: PA

•Digital Economy Bill - Creates new right to high-speed broadband for every household.

•Modern Transport Bill - Clears way for new spaceports, driverless cars and drones.

•Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill - Reforms planning system and gives new powers for people to shape developments in their home areas.

•Local Growth and Jobs Bill - Gives councils powers to keep and invest 100% of business rates, and to vary their level.

Yeoman warders take part in the traditional "ceremonial search" in the Prince's chamber in the house

Yeoman warders take part in the traditional "ceremonial search" in the Prince's chamber in the houses of Parliament. (Richard Pohle/Pool via AP) - Credit: AP


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•Better Markets Bill - Makes it easier for utility customers to switch providers.

•Bus Services Bill - Gives elected mayors powers over buses.

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•NHS (Overseas Visitors Charging) Bill - Recovers cost of NHS treatment from non-UK residents.

•Pensions Bill - Removes barriers to accessing pension savings.

•Children and Social Work Bill - Speeds up adoptions and gives guarantees of more support for children leaving care.

•Education for All Bill - Allows for expansion of academy programme.

•Higher Education and Research Bill - Supports the establishment of new universities.

•Prison and Courts Reform Bill - Gives new freedoms to governors to run their own jails.

•National Citizen Service Bill - Expands the volunteering scheme for young people and puts it on a permanent footing.

•Lifetime Savings Bill - Establishes a Help to Save scheme and Lifetime ISAs.

•Soft Drinks Industry Levy - Introduces new tax on sugar-rich fizzy drinks from April 2018.

•Small Charitable Donations Bill - Helps charities and community groups increase fundraising powers.

•British Bill of Rights - Consultation on proposals to replace the Human Rights Act.

•Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill - Tackles extremism, including by intervening in unregulated schools and consulting on new civil order powers to restrict radical activities.

•Criminal Finances Bill - Introduces criminal offence for companies which fail to stop staff facilitating tax evasion.

•Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts Bill) - Allows the UK to sign up to international convention protecting cultural artefacts in war zones.

•Wales Bill - Establishes new devolution settlement for Wales.

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