IOM3 responds to Queen's Speech for the next Government
The Monarch has today set out the Government’s plan following the General Election held on 12 December 2019.
She confirmed the Government’s immediate priority is to deliver the UK’s departure from the European Union on 31 January.
In addition, she announced 30 Government bills including 7 related to Brexit covering legislation on trade, agriculture, fisheries, immigration, financial services and private international law.
IOM3 is pleased to see Government is committed to or has set out plans on:
- Science, space and research bills to boost funding for research to tackle the UK’s contribution to climate change.
- Continue to take steps to meet the world-leading target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
- An environment bill which will set legally binding targets and environmental principles, including a commitment to improving air quality and banning the export of polluting plastic waste to countries outside the OECD.
The full details of the Environmental Bill are expected in due course.
Immediately after the Election, the National Engineering Policy Centre, of which IOM3 is a partner, published an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson setting out its key priorities for the new government and Parliament. You can read the letter here.
IOM3 CEO Colin Church welcomed the speech. ‘We look forward to working with the Government in delivering its ambitions for science and engineering, tackling climate change and delivering a robust framework for action on the wider environment. We look forward to working with our fellow professional bodies through the National Engineering Policy Centre and the Environmental Policy Forum to input to these discussion as they move forward.’
To read the full Queen’s Speech, visit www.gov.uk/government/speeches/queens-speech-december-2019
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Notes to editors:
y. The National Engineering Policy Centre (www.raeng.org.uk/policy/national-engineering-policy-centre) connects policy makers with critical engineering expertise to inform and respond to policy issues of national importance, giving policymakers a route to advice from across the whole profession, and the profession a unified voice on shared challenges. The Centre is an ambitious partnership, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, between 39 different UK engineering organisations representing 450,000 engineers.
x. The Environmental Policy Forum (www.envpolicyforum.org.uk/) works together to influence environmental policy and its formulation by ensuring that environmental sustainability is high on policy agendas. It is a network of UK environmental professional bodies promoting environmental sustainability and resilience for the public benefit.