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The Queen's Speech - Legislation proposals

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The Queen's speech this morning included proposals for the following legislation:

• The Welfare Reform Bill, which will increase the rate of statutory maternity pay to £100pw from 2003, and increase the payment period from 18 to 26 weeks; and,

• The Female Representation Bill, which will allow political parties to "increase the representation of women in public life" via all women shortlists, should they so desire. Readers will recall that the 1997 Labour party women-only shortlist policy was declared contrary to the Sex Discrimination Act.

There was no mention of introducting anti-discimination legislation to comply with the EC Equal Treatment Framework Directive. Nor was there the much anticipated proposal for parternity pay. Still, there are four more sessions of parliament to go!!