The Queen’s Speech – May 2016

The Queen’s Speech on 18 May set out the government’s proposed legislative programme and was described by the Prime Minister in the accompanying briefing notes as a ‘One Nation Queen’s speech from a One Nation Government’.

Some of the bills and measures with implications for equality, human rights and social justice are:

  • Measures to recover costs from migrants who use the NHS by extending the rules on charging migrants and overseas visitors for NHS treatment [NHS (Overseas Visitors Charging) Bill].
  • Measures requiring universities to publish data broken down by ethnicity, gender and socio-economic background [Higher Education and Research Bill].
  • Legislation to prevent extremism and promote community integration [Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill].
  • Measures to tackle poverty and causes of deprivation through a forthcoming Life Chances Strategy.
  • Confirmation that the Government will be holding a referendum on EU membership.
  • Confirmation that proposals will be brought forward for a British Bill of Rights and that the government will consult fully on the proposals when they are published in due course.

Background briefing notes provide further information about the measures in the speech.

Minority Ethnic Matters Overview (MEMO) produced a briefing paper on the legislative programme.

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