Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has opened parliament, reading out the government’s political programme for the year ahead. Legislation will target terrorism, housing shortages, banks in distress, education, energy reform, climate change and health care.
A series of new measures are to be introduced in a counter-terrorism bill. The Queen said: “My government will seek a consensus on changes to the law on terrorism so that the police and other agencies have the powers they need.” Brown also plans to build three million new homes, keep young people in education or training until 18 and create a health and social care regulator. Parliament will also be called on to ratify the EU reform treaty.
The Queen said: “My government will continue to work to build a prosperous and secure European Union better able to respond to the challenges of globalization.” MPs have also been told that a climate change bill – thought to be the first of its kind in the world – will aim to drastically cut carbon emissions by 2050. The goal will be to reduce levels recorded in 1990 by 60 percent.