The Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) has produced a member briefing including key insights from today’s King's Speech, which outlined the government's proposed legislative agenda for the upcoming parliamentary term.
The speech, delivered during the State Opening of Parliament, provided a comprehensive overview of the government's priorities, focusing on key themes such as growing the economy, strengthening society, and keeping people safe.
The ACE member briefing offers a detailed analysis of the significant bills announced during the speech, highlighting their potential implications for the industry.
Of particular importance were the Trade (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) Bill, the Automated Vehicles Bill, and the Rail Reform Bill, which are poised to shape the industry's landscape.
ACE has also issued a press release in response to the King's Speech:
“As the government unveils its legislative plans in the King's Speech, we acknowledge the significance of some of the proposed bills and initiatives. With an upcoming election slated for January 2025, time is of the essence, and the industry must remain agile in its response to the evolving policy landscape. Furthermore, recent announcements regarding net zero have introduced uncertainty, leaving us eagerly awaiting further details to inform an approach moving forward.
The Trade Bill, Automated Vehicles Bill, and the Rail Reform Bill represent opportunities for ACE members to actively engage in shaping the sector’s trajectory of the sector. The proposed legislation offers a promising pathway for industry players to contribute their expertise and drive meaningful change.
Our eyes now turn to the upcoming autumn statement, with the hope that we will see a concrete commitment to infrastructure spending, ensuring the continued momentum and growth of the industry. ACE remains committed to working collaboratively collaborating with policymakers, industry leaders, and other stakeholders to drive sustainable development and foster a resilient economy.”’