LABOUR will tomorrow reveal a pre-election battle strategy, putting the fight against terrorism and crime at the heart of its campaign for an historic third term.
The controversial Identity Card Bill, the creation of the Organised Crime Agency and mandatory rehab for some drug addicts, is set to form the cornerstones of a session fought on traditional Tory territory ahead of an anticipated general election next May.
Labour is also expected to set its sights on victory in the 2007 Assembly elections with a step change in Wales-only legislation signalled in tomorrow's Queen's Speech.
The current devolution settlement has come under fire because the Assembly Government's priorities are perceived to be held back by the need to legislate at Westminster.
And with just one Wales-only Bill in each Parliamentary session, the current timetable would leave Welsh Labour unable to make good on all its manifesto commitments in time for the 2007 election. But Welsh Secretary and Commons Leader Peter Hain has secured a step change for Wales, with double the number of Bills due this year and next.
The Neath MP has faced criti- cism in the past for holding down two jobs but, ironically, his dual role has smoothed the Parliamentary path for Wales, because Mr Hain is effectively bidding to himself as Commons Leader for time in a packed legislative programme.
The Queen's Speech, which outlines the Government's planned programme of legislation, is expected for the first time to include two Wales-only Bills - the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Bill and the Transport (Wales) Bill.
The first unites the work of three public service watchdogs in Wales into a single office for people to lodge complaints about local health boards, councils and the National Assembly.
The second will give the Assembly new powers to subsidise non-commercial flights, paving the way for a North to South Wales air service, and greater powers to integrate rail, bus and air services.
If Labour wins the election, a further two Wales-only Bills are expected in the following term - one to create an Older People's Commissioner to fight for elderly rights, particularly for those living in care homes, and legislation to tighten up on the tourism trade by creating a register of all visitor accommodation.
A third Bill, the Government of Wales (Amendment) Bill, paves the way for primary law-making powers for the Assembly on health and education matters and is also expected in the first termof a re-elected Labour Government.
That would leave the UK Government with another year to legislate on new housing powers for the Assembly, the final manifesto commitment requiring primary law.
Tomorrow's programme will include 28 Bills, the bulk of which will cover England and Wales.
Among the proposals already outlined is the Railways Bill, which will hand sweeping powers over rail to the National Assembly.
The Home Office's flagship Bills are set to include plans for sweeping new powers for police forces in England and Wales to test for drugs on those arrested.
A Clean Neighbourhoods Bill builds on Labour's programme of tackling anti-social behaviour and improving community safety, with anti-graffiti measures and a crackdown on abandoned cars.
The major Bills concentrate on traditional Conservative territory - crime, asylum, terrorism and anti-social behaviour - leaving the opposition partly hamstrung ahead of a national vote.
But the Government's final term before an expected General Election will be far from controversy free.
The Draft Corporate Manslaughter Bill is set to be included, despite opposition by some Cabinet Ministers, and Home Secretary David Blunkett's expected revival of the identity card scheme has been condemned from the left as an attack on civil liberties and from the right for being costly and ineffective.
The European Union Bill, which will pave the way for a referendum on the European Constitution, will also provide the Conservatives with pre-election ammunition as it re-opens the debate on Britain's relationship with the institution.