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Tuesday 1 May 2012

Volume 543 No. 297 Part 1 of 2




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1 MAY 2012

House of Commons Tuesday 1 May 2012 The House met at half-past One o’clock PRAYERS [MR SPEAKER in the Chair] MESSAGE TO ATTEND THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS Message to attend the Lords Commissioners delivered by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod. The Speaker, with the House, went up to hear Her Majesty’s Commission; on their return, the Speaker sat in the Clerk’s place at the Table. ROYAL ASSENT Mr Speaker: I have to acquaint the House that the House has been to the House of Peers where a Commission under the Great Seal was read, authorising the Royal Assent to the following Acts: Water Industry (Financial Assistance) Act 2012 Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 Scotland Act 2012 SundayTrading(LondonOlympicGamesandParalympic Games) Act 2012


Her Majesty’s Most Gracious Speech Mr Speaker: I have further to acquaint the House that the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, one of the Lords Commissioners, delivered Her Majesty’s Most Gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament, in pursuance of Her Majesty’s Command. For greater accuracy I have obtained a copy, and also directed that the terms of the Speech be printed in the Journal of this House. Copies are being made available in the Vote Office. The speech was as follows: My Lords and Members of the House of Commons My Government’s legislative programme has been based upon the principles of freedom, fairness and responsibility. My ministers have made it their paramount priority to reduce the deficit and restore economic growth. To this end legislation has been enacted to establish the Office of Budget Responsibility and legislation has been introduced to reform the financial services sector. My Government has set out plans to restore the public finances to a sustainable position and meet its fiscal targets. The Duke of Edinburgh and I were pleased to visit Canada and also Australia to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth. We received a warm welcome on our State Visits to the United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Republic of Ireland and on our visit to the United States. We were glad to welcome his Holiness the Pope, His Highness the Emir of Qatar, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Turkey and the President of the United States of America on their visits to the United Kingdom. To mark the Diamond Jubilee, city status will be bestowed on Chelmsford, Perth and St. Asaph and the City of Armagh will be granted a Lord Mayoralty. The Duke of Edinburgh and I intend to travel across the United Kingdom and my family will travel throughout the Commonwealth to take part in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Legislation has been passed in advance of the Olympic and Paralympic Games which are to be held in London later this year. Legislation has been passed with regard to my armed forces who continue to serve valiantly in Afghanistan and other places across the globe. My Government has worked to address the threat of Iranian nuclear proliferation and to help build a stable Afghanistan. My Government has worked to stem the violence in Syria and to support political and economic freedom in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. Legislation has been enacted to reform the constitutional arrangements of the United Kingdom, including an Act to establish fixed parliamentary terms of five years. Legislation has been passed to empower local com