At 11.20am today, the House of Lords witnessed the State Opening of Parliament marking the beginning of the parliamentary session.
Here, the Queen’s Speech was delivered, outlining the Government’s plans for the coming Parliamentary year.
Given the current global economic climate, it was no surprise that the Government’s main priority is to ensure the stability of the economy during the global economic downturn. Many of the commitments and proposed legislation mentioned in the Queen’s speech, understandably centred around helping people and families through hard economic times.
The main highlight for the British Ecological Society was the Marine Bill receiving Royal Assent. The science policy team are particularly pleased that many of the recommendations made to Government to strengthen the bill were taken into consideration. The Queen said:
“To protect the environment for future generations – a bill will be brought forward to manage marine resources and protect access to the coastline.”
The speech also described the Government’s intention to work closer with the devolved administrations – a requirement for the Marine Bill to be effective.
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