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May 17, 2021
The Queen set out the Government’s legislative plans for the next session of Parliament on 11 May 2021. The following relevant plans were announced:
- to extend 5G mobile coverage and gigabit capable broadband through the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill;
- to protect freedom of speech through the Higher Education (freedom of speech) Bill to protect against the so-called “cancel culture” allegedly in universities and other higher education establishments;
- to ensure internet safety for all, especially for children, whilst harnessing the benefits of a free, open and secure internet through a draft Online Safety Bill (see item below); and
- to counter hostile activity by foreign states through the Counter-State Threats Bill and the Telecommunications (Security) Bill.
To read the Queen’s Speech in full, click here.