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In a move welcomed by the Hillsborough MP, Angela Smith, Gordon Brown on Wednesday 12th July announced his draft programme for the next session of Parliament.

The statement, which is a move away from normal Parliamentary protocol, announced which Bills the Government intend to bring before Parliament in the next session.

In the package are measures to legislate for better buses, raising the school leaving age to 18, constitutional reform, climate change and most importantly in the view of Ms Smith plans to increase house building.

Ms Smith believes announcing the draft programme will help open up what has until now been a traditionally closed process, giving Parliament and the public advance sight of the forthcoming session. It is a move she believes is good not only for the Government but also the country as a whole.

Commenting on the announcement Ms Smith said, “By announcing what we as a Government intend to take forward in the next session of parliament is a good thing. It will allow for a debate to take place over the summer on the government’s priorities and I congratulate our new Prime Minister on it.”

On the specific proposals in the package, Ms Smith said, “I am pleased that housing has been put at the top of the country’s agenda. Housing demand is now high and rising. This Labour Government is committed to further action to deal with this and to make housing more affordable. I am also pleased to see a full Transport Bill, something I have been campaigning for since I was elected, because we really need to ensure that bus services put passengers first.”

Issued : 11 July 2007

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