The long-awaited National Offender Management Service Bill and legislation to secure the plans outlined in last month's local government white paper are expected to be among the announcements in next week's Queen's Speech.
Home Office minister Gerry Sutcliffe let slip to Rainer and the Social Market Foundation that the Noms Bill, which was delayed during the current session of Parliament, would finally appear on 15 November. It is thought the Bill will pave the way for greater voluntary sector involvement in the delivery of detention and probation services.
The Queen's Speech is also expected to include legislation that will put into action the plans to give communities a greater say in how their local areas are run, as set out by local government and communities secretary Ruth Kelly last month.
Environmental charities will be focusing on the Climate Change Bill in the next Parliament. Chancellor Gordon Brown took the unusual step of announcing the Bill last week - it will fix targets to reduce the UK's carbon dioxide emissions.