Below is a link to the Government’s background briefing on new Bills and other measures announced today as part of the Queen’s Speech. It includes 38 bills and outlines the legislative programme for the third parliamentary session 2022-23.
Click here to read the briefing note.
It is divided into four sections and focuses on:
- growing the economy to tackle rises in the cost of living;
- making the streets safer;
- funding the NHS to clear the covid backlog; and,
- providing the leadership needed in challenging times.
The Procurement Bill was also confirmed.
The purpose of the Bill is to:
- create a simpler and more transparent system that better meets the country’s needs, rather than being based on transposed EU directives.
- boost business by making public procurement more accessible for new entrants such as small businesses and voluntary, charitable and social enterprises, enabling them to compete for public contracts.
The main benefits and elements of the Bill include:
- enshrining in law the objectives of public procurement including: delivering value for money, maximising public benefit, treating suppliers equally and without discrimination, and acting, and being seen to act, with integrity.
- requiring buyers to have regard to the Government’s strategic priorities for public procurement as set out in the National Procurement Policy Statement.
- the creation of a simpler regime, reducing costs and improving productivity. For example, by establishing a single digital platform for supplier registration.
- new arrangements to buy at pace when needed to protect life, health, or public order.
- giving public sector buyers more freedom and flexibility by allowing them to better negotiate with suppliers and to design the buying process to meet the needs of their specific procurement.
- making it easier, especially for small and medium-sized businesses, to bid for public sector contracts.
- enabling smaller contracts to be restricted to UK suppliers, as permitted by WTO rules, and ensuring that procurement activities aid jobs and innovation.
- tackling unacceptable behaviour and poor performance through new exclusion rules and giving buyers tools to properly take account of a bidder’s past performance.
- providing sector-specific features where necessary, including tailored rules to better suit defence and security procurement.
- reforming the Single Source Contract Regulations.
The Queen’s Speech confirmed that the Bill will extend and apply to England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but the Scottish Government will not implement these reforms for devolved bodies in Scotland.
Growing the economy to address the cost of living
- Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill to drive local growth, empower local leaders to regenerate their areas (through the new ‘County Deal’ model), and reform the planning system.
- Schools Bill to raise standards and improve the quality of schools and higher education (including supporting more schools to become MATs and implementing a direct National Funding Formula).
- Transport Bill to deliver safer cleaning services with more innovation and create the Great British Railways body who will be transferred passenger services contracting powers.
- Energy Security Bill to deliver the commitments in the British Energy Security Strategy and the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution.
- UK Infrastructure Bank Bill to finalise creation of the UK Infrastructure Bank
- Non-Domestic Rating Bill to review and create a “fairer, more accurate business rates system” with more frequent revaluations (moving from five to three years from 2023).
- Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill to improve cyber resilience and digital connectivity.
- Electronic Trade Documents Bill to put electronic trade documents on the same legal footing as paper documents.
- High Speed Rail (Crewe – Manchester) Bill – to provide the powers to build and operate the next stage of HS2.
- Brexit Freedoms Bill to end the supremacy of European law and ensure that retained EU law can be amended, repealed or replaced.
- Financial Services and Markets Bill to strengthen the UK’s financial services industry by removing ‘red tape’ and supporting innovation including the safe adoption of cryptocurrencies and resilient outsourcing to technology providers.
- Data Reform Bill to create a new UK data protection framework, modernise the ICO, and increase industry participation in Smart Data Schemes.
- Higher Education Bill to support post-18 education and skills development (enabling the introduction of the Lifelong Loan Entitlement).
- Social Housing Regulation Bill to improve regulation, ensure better quality and safer homes, and strengthen the rights of tenants.
- Social Security (Special Rules for End of Life) Bill to allow people nearing the end of their life to get fast-track access to three key disability benefits.
Other Bills, including on digital markets and renters reform, are also included in this section.
Making the streets safer
- Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill to strengthen powers to tackle illicit finance, reduce economic crime and help businesses grow.
- Modern Slavery Bill to tackle modern slavery in supply chains, through increased transparency from business and public bodies, and ensure that agencies have stronger tools to prevent modern slavery occurring.
Other Bills, including on National Security, and Online Safety, are also included in this section.
Funding the NHS to clear the Covid backlog
This section does not include any new Bills.
Providing the leadership needed in challenging time
- Bill of Rights to introduce a new Bill of Rights aimed at ensuring that our human rights framework meets the needs of the society it serves and commands public confidence. It will also establish the primacy of UK case law.
Other Bills are also included in this section.