NEWS: QUEEN'S SPEECH - Seeing the light

The Children's Society, which launched its annual Christmas appeal last week with light projections onto Southwark cathedral, has welcomed the inclusion in the Queen's Speech of the Children's Bill, which will establish an independent Children's Commissioner. Patricia Durr, the charity's Parliamentary advisor, said: "We want the Bill to ensure that a Commissioner has the necessary powers, freedom and resources to be able to make a real difference to children." NSPCC joined the chorus of approval, adding that it welcomed the creation of the Child Trust Fund for children born after September 2003. But it was disappointed at the omission of legislation to ban smacking. The Children's Society light show, which took place last Monday, aimed to highlight the prevalence of bullying in society with a variety of campaign slogans.

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