Lynne Miles // 3 December 2008
The Queen’s speech today contained the government’s legislative agenda for the next year. Amongst economic measures to help with the banking and housing crisis, and some shonky-looking proposal to subject benefits claimants to lie detector tests (wtf?!), there will be legislation proposed to reclassify lap-dancing clubs as sex establishments for licensing purposes. Currently they are licensed in the same way as cafes.
Also included will be a new equalities bill, to “promote fairness, fight discrimination and introduce transparency in the workplace to address the pay gap between men and women”.