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Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Queen's Speech
I feel a little sorry for the Queen, having to mouth the politicised words of 'my government'. Today's speech was dominated by security, immigration and the environment, and the Queen confirmed that the government would introduce a climate change bill “consistent with the need to secure the country’s long-term energy supply”. The Climate Change Bill commits to a 60% reduction by 2050 but there was no mention of annual targets.

Other measures:
A new Local Government Bill will overhaul the regulation and inspection of councils while devolving more powers.

Greater London Authority Bill will strengthen the mayor's powers on homes, strategic planning and climate change issues.

Planning reform proposals to be published in spring 2007.

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