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The Queen’s Speech 2013, 08/05/13 [W/E/NI/S]

HM The Queen has given her annual speech to the UK Parliament, outlining the legislative programme for the year ahead.

The Queen’s Speech marks the beginning of the parliamentary session, and sets out proposed policies and legislation which the UK Government intends to implement.

The key points in the speech relating to Wales were:

Immigration Bill

The Government is intending to make it easier to deport those without the right to remain in the UK, and put measures in place to prevent them from accessing public services to which they are not entitled. The right of appeal against immigration decisions will be restricted.

Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill

This Bill will include measures on anti-social behaviour, dangerous dogs and forced marriage.

Draft Wales Bill

This is a proposed bill to alter the way elections in Wales work. Candidates would be able to stand on both a regional list and in a constituency, but would no longer be able to sit as an MP in the House of Commons at the same time.

The speech contained no mention of new bills to bring in plain packaging on cigarettes, or a minimum price for alcohol, which had been proposed previously.

The full speech can be viewed on the UK Government’s website. A summary of the main proposals is available on the BBC News site.