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King’s Speech Roundup

By November 10, 2023No Comments

This week, history was made as the UK’s first King’s Speech in seventy years took place in Parliament. Delivered by King Charles, the speech may have been historic but lacked depth; only 21 bills were introduced, the fewest since 2014. Substance may have been rather lacking in the speech, however, there are a few bills which may interest members.

While the progressive cigarette ban was the headline-grabbing health bill, there was another which the life sciences sector should be interested in. His Majesty announced The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill, which will clarify rules pertaining to the use of personal data for scientific research, ‘[maximising] post-Brexit freedoms to boost the economy and unleash innovation’. The King also referred to the Government’s wish to ‘encourage innovation in technologies such as machine learning’ during their remaining time in government.

The Government’s commitment to the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan was reaffirmed by the new King and proposals to increase the number of young people entering high quality apprenticeships have been promised. We cannot confirm whether the excellent recent meeting of the APPG for Life Sciences, of which BIVDA forms part of the secretariat, concerning life sciences apprenticeships had an influence on the Government’s plans.

The Trade (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) Bil was introduced to ensure the UK to meet its obligations under the CPTPP when the UK officially joins the trade bloc. The bill is expected to pass next year without opposition. Enhanced access for CPTPP members to the Government procurement market and bolstered regulatory co-operation on conformity assessments are among the bill’s scope.

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