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techUK responds to the 2015 Queen’s Speech

Comment from Antony Walker, deputy CEO of techUK, on new legislation.

Following yesterday's Queen's Speech, Antony Walker, Deputy CEO of techUK, commented on the new legislation announced:

"Tech companies large and small up and down the country will be pleased to see the continued focus on fixing the UK economy for the long term. Better public services, increased productivity, new jobs and a more inclusive society all depend upon making the smartest possible use of digital tech. The new Government has to get the detail of its legislative agenda right to enable tech-led growth."

On the Cities and Devolution Bill, he said:

"With an increased focus on the devolution of powers to cities and building a Northern Powerhouse, there is now a major opportunity to create world leading smart cities right across the UK – we're looking for real ambition here."

On the Investigatory Powers Bill, he said:

"It is right that the powers governing communications data must be fit for purpose in the digital age. We encourage the government to consult in detail with the industry to ensure a clear legal framework that provides trust and clarity for the public and for businesses providing communications services. It matters that we get the detail right."

On the Immigration Bill, he said:

"The UK needs a smart migration policy that helps fast-growing tech companies access the talent they need to create the jobs of the future. Tech start-ups in particular can struggle to find the experienced and talented individuals they need quickly to help them drive growth and create jobs here in the UK. The industry will be looking for practical detail, with questions on the visa levy model to fund new apprenticeships."

On the Enterprise Bill, he said:

"The UK is already the best place in Europe to start and grow a business and real reduction in red tape will cement that leadership position, however, tech SMEs will be also be looking for policy proposals that make it easier for them to do business with Government."


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