Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has today (12 May) welcomed this week’s Queen’s Speech, which reinforced the UK’s commitments to becoming a global science superpower, taking advantage of the UK’s departure from the European Union, and strengthening our energy security as we transition to a net zero future.
The speech set out the government’s legislative agenda for this parliamentary session and affirmed the government’s commitment to deliver on the people’s priorities as the UK builds back better from the pandemic. It follows the government acting on an unprecedented scale to protect jobs, livelihoods, businesses and public services throughout the pandemic, which the government is building on through its flagship Plan for Jobs that will increase job opportunities in all parts of the UK backed by £30 billion of investment.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said:
After such a difficult year, our immediate priority is to continue standing by workers and businesses as we have done throughout the pandemic, backed by an unprecedented £352 billion package of support.
But as we reopen our economy and look ahead to the future with a renewed optimism, the Queen’s Speech shows this government has an ambitious legislative agenda to deliver on the people’s priorities - seizing the opportunities as an independent trading nation, cementing our status as a science superpower, and ensuring we build back better from the pandemic.