CHARLOTTETOWN - The Prince Edward Island government plans to create a new arm's-length organization to deliver health services on the Island.

The plan to create Health P.E.I. was announced today in the throne speech opening the fall session of the legislature.

The speech delivered by Lt.-Gov. Barbara Hagerman says legislation to create the entity will be introduced during the session.

The decision follows recommendations of a health governance advisory council.

The province's Liberal government also announced plans for legislation to ban the use of hand-held devices while driving, and a Pesticides Control Act to reduce the use of lawn pesticides.

And the government vows to continue discussions with other eastern provinces to secure low-cost, green energy for the Island.