From broadband for all to fizzy drinks tax: 21 Bills announced in the Queen's Speech

Can't be bothered ploughing through the fine details of today's Queen's Speech?

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 12:04 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 1:11 pm
The Queen delivers her speech during today's State Opening of Parliament.
The Queen delivers her speech during today's State Opening of Parliament.

Here's an at-a-glance guide to the Bills which were announced:

1. Digital Economy Bill - Creates new right to high-speed broadband for every household.

2. Modern Transport Bill - Clears way for new spaceports, driverless cars and drones.

3. Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill - Reforms planning system and gives new powers for people to shape developments in their home areas.

4. Local Growth and Jobs Bill - Gives councils powers to keep and invest 100% of business rates, and to vary their level.

5. Better Markets Bill - Makes it easier for utility customers to switch providers.

6. Bus Services Bill - Gives elected mayors powers over buses.

7. NHS (Overseas Visitors Charging) Bill - Recovers cost of NHS treatment from non-UK residents.

8. Pensions Bill - Removes barriers to accessing pension savings.

9. Children and Social Work Bill - Speeds up adoptions and gives guarantees of more support for children leaving care.

10. Education for All Bill - Allows for expansion of academy programme.

11. Higher Education and Research Bill - Supports the establishment of new universities.

12. Prison and Courts Reform Bill - Gives new freedoms to governors to run their own jails.

13. National Citizen Service Bill - Expands the volunteering scheme for young people and puts it on a permanent footing.

14. Lifetime Savings Bill - Establishes a Help to Save scheme and Lifetime ISAs.

15. Soft Drinks Industry Levy - Introduces new tax on sugar-rich fizzy drinks from April 2018.

16. Small Charitable Donations Bill - Helps charities and community groups increase fundraising powers.

17. British Bill of Rights - Consultation on proposals to replace the Human Rights Act.

18. Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill - Tackles extremism, including by intervening in unregulated schools and consulting on new civil order powers to restrict radical activities.

19. Criminal Finances Bill - Introduces criminal offence for companies which fail to stop staff facilitating tax evasion.

20. Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts Bill) - Allows the UK to sign up to international convention protecting cultural artefacts in war zones.

21. Wales Bill - Establishes new devolution settlement for Wales.