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By Andrew Porter and James Kirkup THE Government will refuse to refund money to thousands of people who have already paid for a National Identity Card when the scheme is scrapped in the Queen’s Speech this week.
Legislation abolishing Labour’s ID card scheme will be among more than 20 Bills to be announced.
There will also be legislation to allow for a referendum on changing the voting system and to sharply reduce the number of MPs. The Parliamentary Reform Bill will be a fusion of Liberal Democrat and Conservative plans for constitutional reform.
The Lib Dems will get a referendum on adopting the Alternative Vote system for Westminster elections.
The Conservatives will get a boundaries commission to oversee a 10 per cent cut in the number of MPs, plus a move to ensure all constituencies have the same number of voters.
The Bill could see the first major Commons rebellion against the coalition. Some Conservative MPs have pledged to oppose a measure contained within it that would raise the threshold for a Commons vote to dissolve Parliament for a general election to 55 per cent, instead of a simple majority.
A Freedom Bill will enact many Lib Dem promises to curb the power of the state, including limiting the use of CCTV and of DNA databases and other identity registers.
Both the coalition parties campaigned on a pledge to scrap Labour’s ID card scheme. That promise will be delivered by an Identity Documents Bill.
Approximately 13,000 people have already bought ID cards, which were introduced on a voluntary basis last year.
The cards — which can currently be used to travel in Europe without a passport — will be invalidated and individuals who paid £30 for them will be forced to purchase a passport instead.
The Government will say that it cannot afford the estimated £500,000 cost of making and administering the refunds at a time when it is announcing £6 billion of cuts.
David Cameron has regularly referred to the scrapping of ID cards as one of the biggest cuts that can be made to public spending.
However, officials now admit that a net saving of only £86million will be made over the next four years from scrapping the cards, as the bulk of the scheme’s costs were to have been recouped through the £30 charge.
Few of the measures in the Queen’s Speech will directly address the public sector deficit, but the Financial Services Regulation Bill, to be drawn up by the Treasury, could pave the way to a new multi-billion-pound levy on the banking sector.
It will also establish legal curbs on “irresponsible” bonus schemes for bankers.
A draft of the speech, leaked to The Telegraph, showed that the Government will pledge to turn Britain into a “strong and fair society”.
Key public service reforms will include an Education and Children’s Bill to allow parents and others to set up “free schools” within the state sector but independent of local authorities.
A Police Reform Bill will deliver Conservative pledges to make chief constables accountable to directly elected commissioners, a plan which is opposed by many police chiefs.
A Welfare Reform Bill will pave the way for tougher penalties on benefits claimants who refuse work.
Matthew d’Ancona, page 20
Academies Bill Allows all state schools highly rated by Ofsted to become academies, freeing them from local council control and giving them more power over budgets, the curriculum and admissions.
Local Government Bill Stops creation of single-tier councils for Exeter and Norwich.
Identity Documents Bill Confirms plans to scrap identity cards and the planned National Identity Register.
Budget Responsibility Bill Sets up independent Office for Budget Responsibility, replacing Treasury as official “forecaster” for growth and borrowing.
The Great Repeals Bill Includes scrapping of universal DNA databases, abolition of the ContactPoint children’s database, the placing of restrictions on internet records and a review of the use of CCTV and libel laws.
Equitable Life Payments Bill Offers compensation without means-testing for up to a million savers hit when Equitable Life came close to collapse.
Terrorist Asset Freezing Bill Set to expand the definition of organisations classed as terrorist, possibly to include Hizb-ut-Tahrir, the revolutionary Islamist party.
National Insurance Bill Will stop Labour’s planned rise in National Insurance Contributions for employers.
banking levy and cracks down on bankers’ bonuses.
Energy Security and Green Economy Bill Seeks to improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses and promote low-carbon energy production.
Public Bodies Bill Will lead to the scrapping of a number of quangos in an attempt to find billions of pounds of efficiency savings in Whitehall.
Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill Makes police forces more accountable, introducing directly elected officials.
European Communities Referendum Lock Bill Will enshrine the commitment to hold a referendum on any more attempts by the EU to grab significant powers from Britain.
Scotland Bill Gives the Scottish Parliament greater tax and borrowing powers and devolves other responsibilities.
Education and Children’s Bill Likely to include plans for “free schools” run by parents and charities, and a “pupil premium”, spending more on poor pupils.
Armed Forces Bill Will rebuild the Military Covenant, including maximising leave, helping children of service personnel, boosting recruitment into professions and providing extra mental health services.
Parliamentary Reform Bill Introduces constitutional reforms, including five-year fixed-term parliaments, reducing the number of MPs, giving voters the right to recall their MP, a referendum on the Alternative Vote system and possible House of Lords shake-up.
Decentralisation and Localism Bill Devolves more power to councils and local communities, particularly over housing and planning decisions, as well as launching a review of local government finance.
Health Bill Seeks to strengthen the voice of patients and the role of doctors in NHS decision-making and reduce health “inequalities”.
Overseas aid motion A commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on development aid by 2013.
Airport Economic Regulation Bill Reforms intended to benefit passengers, perhaps including the full-scale break-up of BAA’s monopoly on airport ownership.
Welfare Reform Bill Establishes a single welfare-to-work regime and increases sanctions for those who refuse, including reassessing Incapacity Benefit claimants.
Pensions and Savings Bill Restores earnings link for the basic state pension and sets a timetable for review into the date at which the state pension age rises.
Financial Services Regulation Bill Puts regulation back in the hands of the Bank of England, introduces a
Cap on non-EU economic migrants – secondary legislation Plans to set an annual cap on immigrants from outside the EU.
Draft Bill on Reform of Parliamentary Privilege Likely to block MPs from using privilege as a defence for wrongdoing.
High Speed Railway Network Bill Will enable the construction of the network between London and Birmingham, with plans to expand it to the north of England.
Continued from page 1 In a populist gesture to make the cuts more palatable, central government funding for speed cameras will be cut, which the Government hopes will lead to a halt in the expansion of the speed camera network. Mr Osborne published the details of the budget cuts alongside his Lib Dem deputy, David Laws. The £6 billion is only a fraction of the £704 billion the Government is projected to spend during 2010-11. But experts have warned that the savings could be hard to deliver, meeting resistance from public sector unions and some voters. Mr Osborne will announce that an investigation into wasteful and inefficient spending has identified a number of budget items that are expected to be eliminated.
They include scores of phone lines and call centres that deal with less than half the number of calls they are staffed to handle.
Another casualty of the cuts will be Labour’s promise to abolish prescription charges for individuals suffering from long-term conditions.
Coalition tax plans, page 4