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Flooding and energy bills in Queen’s Speech

The government has pledged to pass new laws to deal with surface water flood responsibility and fund carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in the annual Queen’s Speech to Parliament. It has also pledged to “respond” to high speed rail proposals.

The speech outline’s the government’s last programme of legislation before the next General Election, which could be held at any time between now and June 2010.

The two key Bills are expected to be the Floods and Water Management Bill, designed to implement the recommendations of Sir Michael Pitt’s report into the 2007 floods, and an Energy Bill to promoted experimental CCS technology.

In total, 13 Bills and two draft Bills were proposed but there are less than 70 days of Parliamentary time left before the election. The speech was to included a Bribery Bill, making it an offence to pay, offer or accept bribes in Britain or abroad.

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