Prime Minister Tony Blair and his cabinet hope that the package of measures outlined by the sovereign on November 17 will revitalise the government and pull it out of its mid-term poll doldrums.Having completed the current parliamentary session, the Queen's speech will set out the main bills proposed for the next 12 months.Although the Queen will not mention it, there will be the annual Finance Bill, to enact Chancellor Gordon Brown's spring budget which was prefigured this week in draft form in his pre-Budget report.Trade secretary Stephen Byers will introduce an e-commerce bill to promote the use of the Internet and email for business while improving security. He will also introduce a Post Office Bill to sell off part of the Royal Mail and commercialise its operations and a Utilities bill to strengthen the powers of regulators with the aim of lowering electricity, gas, water, and telecomms prices.New Cabinet Office surpemo Mo Mowlam will join with Byers to bring in a deregulation bill to cut the red tape burden on business, especially small firms.There will also be Bills on local government, party funding, freedom of information, social security, social services, electoral procedures, crime, transport and education.While there will undoubtedly be some surprises, ministers are still deciding whether to include a bill to semi-privatise air traffic control which has been in the balance since the Paddington rail disaster.
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