UK gov't agenda to focus on immigration, economy

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LONDON (AP) — The British government says it will announce legislation to tighten immigration rules, reform pensions and reduce red tape for business when it lays out its legislative plans for the next year.

Prime Minister David Cameron says the Queen's Speech on Wednesday will contain "bills on growth, immigration, pensions, consumer rights (and) social care."

The measures will be announced by Queen Elizabeth II during the pageant of power, pomp and politics known as the State Opening of Parliament.

The event, which sees the 87-year-old monarch driven in a horse-drawn carriage to Parliament, centers on a speech written by the government but read out by the queen.

The ceremony is rich in arcane traditions, including a golden throne, a crown studded with 3,000 diamonds and an official known as Black Rod.

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