14:50 UK time, Friday, 23 January 2015
There may well be appearances by exotic species like the Eurasian Beaver, or even defenders of Tony Blair, in the Houses of Parliament this week.
The UK's economy grew by 2.6% last year, the fastest pace since 2007, but there was a slowdown in the last three months, figures from the Office for National Statistics show. BBC News
Labour peer Lord Harrison urges the government to legislate for clearer labelling on wine bottles to show the different strengths of wine, in order to help supermarkets communicate with their customers.
Labour peer Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead highlights what she calls Boko Haram's "very strong ties" with Islamic State and al-Qaeda.
Lord Wallace disagrees, calling Boko Haram a specifically "Nigerian problem", which predates the current Nigerian administration.
Baroness Quin asks what the government is doing to rescue the Nigerian girls abducted by Boko Haram.
Lord Wallace, speaking in his capacity as a Foreign Office spokesman, announces the government is increasing its military, intelligence and developmental aid to Nigeria to help the estimated "900 individuals" kidnapped by Boko Haram.
Lib Dem Lords tweets: Fixed term parliaments @ptylerlords - points out that an enormous number of Bills are still going through parliament. Much work to be done!
Liberal Democrat peer Lord Tyler dismisses arguments that this is a "zombie parliament" as "ridiculous" pointing out that there are 19 bills currently going through parliament.
Parliament is working "really hard", he adds.
Labour peer Lord Grocott has the first question in the Lords. Pointing to what he calls "inordinately long election campaigns" and a "past its sell-by-date House of Commons" he asks if the government agree that the Fixed Term Parliament Act was a mistake.
Cabinet Office spokesman Lord Wallace of Saltaire says fixed terms parliament help limit governmental power over general elections and have allowed for greater planning.
Chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Laurence Robertson, gets to his feet to congratulate Theresa Villiers for bringing forward the bill before the election.
He also pays tribute to her predecessor Owen Paterson.
Mr Robertson tells the House that the issue of corporation tax was one of the first ideas that the committee looked at. The report produced by the committee recommended the devolution of corporation tax.
"We felt the real benefit would be overwhelming," he says.
The day beings with the oral question session to government ministers. Topics being raised today include:
During their dinner break, normally around 19.00 GMT, peers will debate recent events in Eritrea and Ethiopia and the impact on migration to Western Europe - Lib Dem Lord Chidgey leads.
Today's statement by Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers on the recent developments in the on-the-runs scheme will be repeated in the House of Lords to allow peers to have their say.
Northern Ireland spokeswoman Baroness Randerson is expected to repeated the statement around 16.00 GMT.
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