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Mark D'Arcy, Parliamentary correspondent Article written by Mark D'Arcy Mark D'Arcy Parliamentary correspondent

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What's on the agenda in the Commons and the Lords next week?

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    11:59: Backbench motion

    MPs have turned their attention to a debate on a backbench motion calling for legislation passed in 2011 enacting fixed-term parliaments to be scrapped. The debate is being led by Conservative MP Sir Edward Leigh.

    11:57: Point of order

    The speaker takes a point of order from Labour backbencher Barry Sheerman - and compliments the MP on his "bright and enlivening tie".

    The Huddersfield MP informs the House it was the only one he could find in his office this morning.

    Commons Leader William Hague later quips that it is a "huge relief" to hear the tie was a gift.

    Barry Sheerman
    @GlynDavies 11:55:

    Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire Glyn Davies tweets: For what it's worth, I don't think fixed term parliaments are good idea. Changed my mind about this. Sorry I voted for them 4 yrs ago.

    11:52: Lords questions

    Tabling the final question in the oral question session, Shirley Williams - Baroness Williams of Crosby - tells peers that only Nato has " the speed, the resources and the manpower" to act quickly enough to tackle Ebola in West Africa.

    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the world's deadliest to date and the World Health Organization has declared an international health emergency as more than 4,500 people have died of the virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria this year.

    Baroness Williams of Crosby
    11:51: Update from PM called for

    Conservative backbencher and eurosceptic MP Peter Bone raises comments made by the incoming European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who has insisted that rules on freedom of movement in Europe cannot be changed.

    David Cameron says he wants to curb the rights of EU migrants to work in the UK, with an announcement expected before Christmas.

    Mr Bone calls for an update from the prime minister next week in light of Mr Juncker's remarks.

    11:45: Working changes

    Labour peer Lord Haskel urges the government to do more raise wages by encouraging business to "up their game".

    Low pay is causing under-employment, where people are not able to get all the work they want or need, leading to in-work people needing to be subsidised by the state, he says.

    The solution, Work and Pensions Minister Lord Freud says, is a strong economy, not government interference with business. The number of people who are working part time but who want to work full time has fallen by 1.7% the second "biggest drop we have ever seen" he adds.

    Labour peer Lord Haskel
    11:44: Debate on police cautions

    Labour MP Karl Turner is seeking a debate on the use of police cautions.

    Commons Leader William Hague says he cannot offer a debate in government time, but suggests he could try to secure one through the Backbench Business Committee, which allocates business on 35 days of each parliamentary session.

    11:41: Requests

    The business statement is an opportunity for MPs to raise topical questions with the leader of the House, and request parliamentary time on matters they feel merit attention. The session tends to last for about an hour.

    Bridgwater and West Somerset Ian MP Liddell Granger calls for a debate on the Environment Agency. The Conservative MP says the Commons should be maintaining pressure on the agency "to keep them changing and keeping up the work they're doing".

    11:34: Commons questioning

    Referring to Angela Eagle's comments on the Standards Committee, William Hague says the committee does a very good job, and adds that it is for the House to consider whether its composition should be change.

    He goes on to defend the government's economic performance but insists there is more to do. He says under Labour's plans there would have been £28bn of additional borrowing according to the Institute of Public Policy Research.

    William Hague
    11:33: Canada shooting

    William Hague endorses Angela Eagle's opening words of condolence about the shootings in Ottawa yesterday. Mr Hague - a former foreign secretary - pledges the UK's "strong solidarity" with the government and the people of Canada.


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