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Summary

  1. MPs question culture ministers
  2. Home Affairs Committee takes evidence on Brook House allegations
  3. There are two ministerial statements on housing and schools and an urgent question on police pay
  4. Peers meet at 11am for questions
  5. Then it's a debate on the English Baccalaureate

Live Reporting

By Kate Whannel and Esther Webber

All times stated are UK

G4S executives 'ashamed' by Panorama revelations

Report from today's Home Affairs Committee session

House of Commons

Parliament

Executives from the security firm G4S have said they were ashamed by revelations of abuse at an immigration detention centre run by the company.

They were appearing before MPs on the Home Affairs Committee, who condemned the firm's management of Brook House Immigration Removal Centre, near Gatwick Airport.

The executives were accused of failing to "get a grip" and overseeing major failings at the centre.

The chair of the committee, Yvette Cooper, told them it was a matter of "very grave concern" that the company appeared to have failed to stop staff misbehaviour following earlier revelations of mistreatment at a young offenders' unit.

The committee also heard evidence from a former G4S duty director at Brook House, who said he had raised concerns about staff and management culture in institutions run by the company between 2001 and his resignation in 2014.

Nathan Ward told the MPs that he was "not surprised but shocked" at the level of abuse revealed in the BBC Panorama film.

Debate on terror attack witnesses begins

House of Commons

Parliament

Patrick Grady
HoC

SNP Patrick Grady now begins his adjournment debate on witnesses of terror attacks overseas.

The MP raises concerns that while bereaved families and those who were injured were granted information about the inquest, those who witnessed the attack were not.

He quotes one of his constituents who was caught up in the Tunisia attacks: "We felt completely abandoned."

Minister Rory Stewart tells the house that the trauma of witnessing an attack can be very long lasting.

He says the government has learned lessons from the Tunisia attack.

He tells MPs that the government set up a bespoke mental health programme for victims of terrorist attacks.

The debate concludes as does the day in the House of Commons.

Minister: Reviewing requirement for councillors to publish their address

Abuse debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Chris Skidmore
HoC

Cabinet Office Minister Chris Skidmore tells MPs that the government regularly meets social media companies to discuss online abuse.

He adds that the recently passed Digital Economy Act requires a code of practice to be established by social media companies.

One issue raised in the debate was the fact that councillors have to make public their address and the minister tells MPs that the Cabinet Office is reviewing this requirement.

He finishes with an emphasis on the importance of protecting the democratic process.

Do the police have the resources to tackle abuse? asks Labour MP

Abuse debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Abuse must never be viewed as the price to be paid for political involvement, says Opposition spokeswoman Chi Onwurah.

She asks how the government is ensuring that the police have the resources they need to fully investigate online abuse.

She adds that the volume of abuse on social media prevents MPs from seeing what their constituents think about an issue.

Neverthless, she concludes, it is the best job in the world.

McMahon: There is a cultural problem in the police

Abuse debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Jim McMahon
HoC

Labour's Jim McMahon suggests that there is a cultural problem in the police when it comes to dealing with abuse.

He argues that there is a feeling of "that's politics".

He tells MPs that after being regularly harassed by an opponent in the shops with his children he was told by the police to "shop elsewhere".

Swire: Len McCluskey's comments lead to 'whirlwind of abuse'

Abuse debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Conservative Hugo Swire argues that it is incumbent on politicians to be careful with the language they use.

He criticises Unite leader Len McCluskey for calling for illegal strikes. He argues that those comments feeds into a sense that people have been "cheated" because they didn't "get the result they wanted".

"That feeds into a whirlwind of abuse online."

Lib Dem questions MP's 'Cruella de Vil' description

Abuse debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Ian Liddell-Grainger
HoC

Conservative Ian Liddell-Grainger uses his speech to attack the actions of the "rotten borough" of Taunton.

During the speech, he refers to a particular civil servant as "Cruella de Vil".

Lib Dem Jo Swinson wonders if this is appropriate during a debate on abuse.

"If she understood the civil servant involved she'd probably join me," replies Mr Liddell- Grainger.

Labour MP criticised for his election campaign

Abuse debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Pauline Latham
HoC

Conservative Pauline Latham attacks Labour MP Chris Williamson, who is not in the chamber, for his actions during the general election.

She accuses him of giving out misinformation about the former Conservative MP Amanda Solloway.

MP criticises George Osborne's 'freezer' comments

Abuse debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Cat Smith
HoC

Labour spokeswoman Cat Smith says that cuts in police officer numbers may mean that abuse against MPs is not fully investigated.

She tells MPs that "cuts have consequences" and that has led to "pressures to downgrade crimes".

She also criticises former chancellor George Osborne who reportedly said he would not rest until the Prime Minister is "chopped up in bags in my freezer".

What is the debate about?

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Teacher told class not to speak to my child - Conservative MP

Abuse debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Bob Stewart
HoC

MPs now begin a debate on abuse of candidates and the public during the general election.

Home Office Minister Sarah Newton says there have been shocking incidents of abuse directed towards MP.

Bob Stewart tells MPs that during the last election a teacher at his son's school told the class that nobody should talk to him because he is the son of a Conservative MP.

Summary: national funding formula announcement

Statement from Education Secretary

House of Commons

Parliament

The government's long-awaited national funding formula will include a minimum per-pupil funding amount for both primary and secondary schools.

The Education Secretary, Justine Greening, told MPs primary schools will get at least £3,500 for every pupil from 2019/20.

It follows the £4,800 per pupil funding guarantee for secondary schools announced in July.

Every school in England will also receive a lump sum of £110,000 to help with "fixed costs", and there's also a £26m fund to help "rural and isolated" schools to manage their "unique challenges".

Justine Greening told MPs in the Commons: "The formula will replace the outdated funding system which has seen children have very different amounts invested in their education purely because of where they were growing up."

Brake: Time for a teachers' pay rise

Schools funding statement

House of Commons

Parliament

Tom Brake
HoC

Lib Dem Tom Brake says teachers in his London constituency struggle with the high cost of living.

He suggests that it is now time for a proper pay rise for teachers.

Justine Greening says that the teachers pay review board made recommendations which she accepted.

In July, teachers' pay in England and Wales was restricted to increases of below 1%.

Will schools see a real terms cut, asks Labour MP

Schools funding statement

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Labour's Louise Ellman seeks a guarantee that no Liverpool school will receive a real terms cut.

She also seeks a guarantee that the discretion given to local councils will not lead to councils taking the blames for any cuts.

Justine Greening says that all members of the House will get a breakdown of how the funding will impact schools in their area.

She says that she expects MPs will talk to their local authorities about how the national formula is reflected locally.

'This is social justice in action,' says committee chair

Schools funding statement

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Education Committee Chair Robert Halfon "strongly welcomes" the formula.

This is social justice in action, he says. He asks how the pupil premium helps disadvantaged children.

Justine Greening says the government is "steadily understanding" what works to help children who are falling behind.

Government is 'sneaking out the policy'

Schools funding statement

House of Commons

Parliament

Angela Rayner
HoC

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner begins by accusing the education secretary of "sneaking out the policy" on the last day before recess.

She notes that Justine Greening said per pupil funding would increase for each school in cash terms

However she asks for a guarantee that no school will be "a penny worse off" in real terms.

She expresses concern that the money announced today has been found by "cutting elsewhere to fill in the black hole created by the government".

Justine Greening says she has challenged her civil servants to work more efficiently in order to put more money into the front line services.

Previous formulae 'unfair'

School funding formula

Justine Greening
HoC

Education Secretary Justine Greening criticises the previous formulae for being opaque and "manifestly unfair".

The new formula will set a minimum per pupil funding level - £4,600 per secondary school pupil and £3,300 per primary school pupil.

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Justine Greening announces 'historic' reforms to school funding

School funding formula

House of Commons

Parliament

Greening
HoC

MPs are now being given an update on the school funding formula, which Education Secretary Justine Greening says for the first time will be calculated according to schools' needs.

There will be a minimum per-pupil funding level and at least £3,500 per pupil in primary schools.

She describes the change as a "historic" one, which will address "manifest unfairness" in the current system.

She confirms a previously announced £1.3bn for schools in England over the next two years.

A National Funding Formula was announced by Education Secretary Justine Greening in 2016, but complaints about funding shortages have continued.

Concerns raised on councils investing in other areas

Housing statement

House of Commons

Parliament

Hobhouse
HoC

Lib Dem Wera Hobhouse says: "This is an important first step but it doesn't deliver."

She calls it "ludicrous" that councils can invest in properties in other areas for profit.

Sajid Javid acknowledges that the reforms won't solve the housing crisis altogether but represent an "essential step".

MP highlights London house prices

Housing statement

House of Commons

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Conservative Bob Blackman asks for assurance that the strategy announced today will help London, saying many parts of the capital are "beyond any capability of any reasonable salary or wages".

The secretary of state agrees that London is one of the places where there is the "greatest need" and today's announcement will "help significantly" by forcing councils to co-operate over the building of affordable houses.

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Javid defends housing strategy

Housing statement

House of Commons

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Sajid Javid calls Labour's objections "entirely predictable", highlighting "considerable progress" on new housing over the past seven years.

Labour: Housing strategy not enough

Housing statement

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Healey
HoC

Responding for Labour, shadow housing secretary John Healey tells MPs the government is "tinkering with the technicalities of the planning system".

"You can't meet local housing need without new homes of all kinds," he continues, and planning changes "are only part of the answer".

Sajid Javid gives update on housing policy

Housing statement

House of Commons

Parliament

Javid
HoC

MPs are now hearing a statement on local housing need from Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid.

He says the way housing need is assessed is currently "piecemeal" and needs reform.

He proposes a new framework based on household growth projections by the ONS and a boost to house-building in expensive areas.

In February, the government released a white paper setting out plans to reform the housing market, which includes measures to "build homes faster and diversify the housing market".

As part of the white paper, the DCLG held a consultation on house-building which ended in May.

Committee concludes

Brook House inquiry

Select Committee

Parliament

Chair Yvette Cooper has the last question and asks, given the "seriousness of the allegations", that G4S reconsider what information it will give to the committee.

And that brings the committee hearing to an end.

Chope: Chair is not speaking for me

Brook House inquiry

Select Committee

Parliament

Yvette Cooper
HoC

Yvette Cooper tells the G4S representatives that the answers they have given "could simply be the answers you gave several years after Medway".

"None of this suggest you have any idea why this has gone so wrong on your watch," she says.

Conservative MP Christopher Chope intervenes to make clear that the chair is not speaking for the whole committee.

'Why on earth should you be awarded any further contracts?'

Brook House inquiry

Select Committee

Parliament

Labour MP Stephen Doughty expresses concern that the incident at Brook House was not an isolated case.

"The list of revelations is ongoing," he says and asks "why on earth should you be awarded any further contracts?"

Peter Neden replies that the majority of G4S work is done to "an exceptional standard".

He says that there is a "system-wide problem with drugs which is not unique to us".

Have you considered your own position? asks the MP.

"Of course," replies Jerry Petherick.

How independent will the review into G4S be, asks Labour MP

Brook House inquiry

Select Committee

Parliament

Sarah Jones
HoC

Labour's Sarah Jones notes that an independent review will be carried out but expresses concern that G4S can decide on who carries out the review.

"Are you arms length enough?" she asks.

Peter Neden says the organisation hired has made it very clear that G4S will not have a say on the terms of reference.

He adds that the Home Office will approve the terms of reference.

Update on Hurricane Irma relief

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Conservative MP criticises Panorama's 'adversarial approach'

Brook House inquiry

Select Committee

Parliament

Christopher Chope
HoC

Conservative Christopher Chope asks if G4S has received the evidence of abuse from Panorama.

Peter Neden says he has made two requests but not yet received anything.

Mr Chope asks whether following past investigations the BBC has provided G4S with the information they gathered.

Peter Neden says they have not.

"That disappoints me," replies Christopher Chope.

He suggests that Panorama should be working with G4S and the government to deliver a better system rather than adopting "an adversarial approach".

Commons to consider 'baby leave' for MPs

Business statement

House of Commons

Parliament

Bercow
HoC

Labour's Harriet Harman raises concerns over how MPs juggled parenting responsibilities with late-night votes in the House this week, and describes John Bercow as "an honorary sister" for his approach to considering this matter.

The Speaker says a motion will be brought before the Commons to enable MPs to consider "baby leave" arrangements for new parents.

Conservative Philip Davies is called next and refers to himself as "the other honorary sister" - an MP from a sedentary position shouts "go girl!"

Call for statue to honour Sir Bruce Forsyth

Business statement

House of Commons

Parliament

Conservative David Amess says in light of recent controversy over statues, public monuments should be erected to Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher and Sir Bruce Forsyth.

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom says statues are a local planning matter but Southend might like a statue of David Amess.

Why do you mix asylum seekers with criminals? asks Esther McVey

Brook House inquiry

Select Committee

Parliament

Conservative Esther McVey notes that the detention centre mixes foreign national offenders mix with asylum seekers. Why? she asks.

"We look after the people who are sent to us," replies Jerry Petherick.

She asks for the rationale behind housing asylum seekers "fleeing persecution" with criminals.

"Logistically we have to," says Jerry Petherick, "we utilise accommodation to its maximum".

He adds that he is "looking at ways of softening the environment."

SNP: Government is 'degrading' Opposition Day debates

Business statement

House of Commons

Parliament

Wishart
HoC

The SNP's business spokesman Pete Wishart accuses the government of "degrading" Opposition Day debates by not voting.

He says the government is "delusional" and behaving as if it enjoys a majority, comparing it to "a tinpot dictatorship".

Mrs Leadsom responds that this kind of language shows his "contempt" for Parliament.

Yvette Cooper urges G4S to reveal Brook House profits

Brook House inquiry

Select Committee

Parliament

Yvette Cooper
HoC

Yvette Cooper asks how much profit G4S does make on the Brook House contract.

Peter Neden replies that he cannot divulge that information as it would put G4S at a commercial disadvantage.

He says that the information is provided to the Home Office - "our client".

Yvette Cooper suggests that, given the allegations of G4S providing false information and the evidence of mismanagement, he will have to provide more information.

Andrea Leadsom defends Opposition Day approach

Business statement

House of Commons

Parliament

Leadsom
HoC

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom defends her party's approach to the Opposition Day debate, saying: "We take tuition fees and public-sector pay incredibly seriously."

She tells MPs that there were "equal numbers of speakers on both sides" and "we are engaged at every level".

Labour's motion yesterday was "purely political and has no statutory effect", she argues.

Media reports of G4S profit is 'simply wrong'

Brook House inquiry

Select Committee

Parliament

Stuart McDonald says that, according to the Home Office, it costs about £35,000 every year to detain one person. He calculates that based on full occupancy that would cost £14.7m but G4S only charges the Home Office £11.2m.

Based on those figures, the MP says G4S should be making a loss of £2-3m "yet the newspapers are reporting profits of 20%".

Those figures are "simply wrong", replies Peter Neden. He confirms that G4S is making a profit.

Stuart McDonald asks how much it costs G4S to detain someone for a year.

Peter Neden replies that he doesn't know but adds that Brook House is not always at full occupancy.

He also says that an audit carried out a few years ago found G4S's charging to be correct.