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At-a-glance: Cameron coalition's policy plans

13 May 10 07:14 GMT

The Conservatives and Lib Dems are now in coalition. Policy details have been released. See below for the key points, with an assessment of how much influence Nick Clegg's Lib Dems have had on the programme for government:



  • Investment to reduce class sizes for children from poorer backgrounds
  • New independent schools in state sector - "free schools" - to be set up

  • Referendum on the Alternative Vote system for general elections
  • Fixed-term Parliaments - next election in May 2015 - with prime minister not able to call poll date
  • 55% of MPs required to vote for the dissolution of Parliament and to trigger an election
  • Committee to look at fully PR-elected House of Lords
  • Cut in number of MPs and equal size constituencies
  • Right of the public to "recall" corrupt MPs
  • Statutory register for lobbyists
  • Scottish Parliament to get more powers under Calman proposals
  • Referendum of devolution of further powers to Welsh assembly
  • Review of Scottish MPs voting on England-only legislation
  • Ban on "non-doms" sitting in Parliament
  • Reform of political donations and party funding

  • "War Cabinet" to oversee Afghan mission
  • New National Security Council to manage different security threats
  • Strategic defence review to begin as soon as possible
  • Trident renewal to go ahead but cost scrutinised
  • No further powers ceded to EU without referendum
  • UK not to join euro in lifetime of Parliament
  • Work to limit application of EU Working Time Directive in UK
  • Paul Reynolds on new government's security and foreign policy



  • Great Repeal Bill including abolition of ID cards
  • Safeguards for use of personal details on the DNA database

  • Commission to review the long term affordability of public sector pensions
  • Restore the link between the state pension and earnings from April 2011
  • Default retirement age to be phased out
  • Review to examine when the state pension age will rise to 66
  • Benefits to be conditional on willingness to work

  • Cap on immigration from outside the European Union

  • Aviation passenger duty replaced by plane tax
  • No new runways at Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted
  • New nuclear power plants (Lib Dems able to abstain on issue)
  • Creation of a green investment bank.
  • High-speed rail network to be built
  • No new coal-fired power stations without carbon capture and storage
  • Increased target for share of energy from renewable sources
  • Roger Harrabin on new government's environmental plans


  • Tax break for married couples and civil partners (Lib Dems able to abstain)
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