London: The new Conservative-Lib Dem
coalition government`s 500-day programme for turning UK into a
"strong and fair society" became public today following a
media leak of the Queen`s speech scheduled for tomorrow.
A late draft of the speech, obtained by The Sunday
Telegraph, said that the Government would spell out an
ambitious programme of at least 21 Bills to be introduced in
the next 18 months including one for scrapping plans for ID
A radical programme of political reform will get
under way in the following weeks.
The speech has "freedom, fairness and responsibility"
as its main themes and contains many key policies demanded by
the Liberal Democrats as the price for their entry into the
The measures to be announced include a Parliamentary
Reform Bill as well as Nick Clegg`s long-cherished "Great
Repeals Bill", containing measures which he has said would
represent the biggest constitutional shake-up in 200 years.
These plans are likely to alarm many Tory MPs and
activists. Five of the Bills will be led by the Treasury under
George Osborne, reaffirming the Tory Chancellor`s primacy over
Vince Cable, the Lib Dem Business secretary, whose department
is almost absent from the draft list.
Osborne and David Laws, his Lib Dem deputy at the
Treasury, will tomorrow announce details of 6 billion pounds
in "emergency" savings in government spending to be made this
year - including 513 million pounds from cutting funding to