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Pippa Simm and Sam Francis

All times stated are UK

  1. House rises

    And that's it. Business in the House of Lords comes to an end as the Infrastructure Bill completes its report stage in the House of Lords. The bill will now progress to Third Reading, its final stage in the Lords before passing to the House of Commons.

    The Lords will return tomorrow at 12.00 GMT when the main business will be the report stage of the Wales bill.

  2. Amendment withdrawn

    Energy and Climate Change Minister Baroness Verma warns that Baroness Worthington's amendment could lead to coal plants closing prematurely, resulting in avoidable increased costs to the consumer.

    Baroness Worthington withdraws her amendment.

  3. Old coal

    Shadow energy minister Baroness Worthington tells peers that a perverse effect of the government's energy market reforms is leading to investment in old coal, which works against government targets to lower carbon emissions.

    To combat this, she tables an amendment to introduce new powers to limit the operating hours of old coal.

    Coal stations are old, inefficient and highly polluting and if they are not phased out "we will simply see ourselves running to a stand still" as greater carbon reduction measures are introduced to offset their pollution, she warns.

  4. Statutory requirement

    Lord Deighton tells peers that the amendment is unnecessary as protecting the consumer is already enshrined in the statutory requirements of regulators such as Ofgem and Ofwat, which he calls a tried and tested successful system.

    Focus should be put on ensuring regulators deliver on their mandate rather than legislating for the government to take on overlapping responsibilities for protecting consumers, he argues.

    Following Lord Deighton's comments Lord Jenkin withdraws the amendment.

  5. Labour support

    Adding Labour's support for the amendment shadow treasury minister Lord Davies of Oldham tells peers there is a need to ensure that infrastructure costs are not unfairly passed on to the consumers adding that costs to consumers are already rising "very significantly".

    A report on the impact of infrastructure spending on consumer bills would help the government to monitor and make changes where necessary, he argues.

  6. New amendment

    Peers are now debating an amendment tabled by Conservative peer Lord Jenkin of Roding which would require the government to produce a report on the impact of infrastructure spending on costs for consumers bills.

    Lord Jenkin of Roding
  7. Amendment withdrawn

    Lord Hodgson withdraws his amendment but says he will be following developments closely, hinting that the issue may be returned to in the future.

  8. End of Commons Business

    The adjournment debate has finished, after a reply from government minister Anna Soubry.

    That brings today's business in the House of Commons to a close.

    MPs will be back at noon tomorrow for the last day of sitting before the mini recess.

    Do stay with us tonight though, as we continue to bring you live coverage of the House of Lords, where peers are examining the government's Infrastructure Bill.

  9. Government reponse

    Treasury Minster Lord Deighton says the government "wants to explore" creating a sovereign wealth fund, but only when the levels of revenue from shale gas are well known.

    Lord Deighton points out that Norway didn't set up their own sovereign wealth fund until 20 years after first discovering oil.

  10. Paying off the debt

    Conservative peer Lord Forsyth of Drumlean says that peers supporting the creation of a sovereign wealth fund "seem to have forgotten about" the national debt.

    The UK's first steps should be to pay back the debt they have accumulated, he says.

    Setting up a sovereign wealth fund while the UK needs to pay off its debt would be akin to asking for a loan and a savings account to hold the loan, from a bank managers, Lord Forsyth argues.

    Lord Forsyth
    Image caption: Lord Forsyth of Drumlean tells peers that the UK's debt is a "millstone around the neck" of future generations.
  11. Adjournment debate

    Jon Cruddas
    Image caption: Labour MP Jon Cruddas is leading the day's adjournment debate
  12. Learning lessons

    Labour peer Lord Whitty, who has put his name to the amendment, tells peers that he argued for a similar measure to be introduced - which was ultimately ignored - when the UK discovered oil in the North Sea.

    As a result the government did not use the money from North Sea oil for the long term benefit of the UK's economy, when "perhaps it should should done", he argues.

    Lord Whitty warns against "making the same mistake" with shale gas and urges the government to "take a lesson from our Norwegian cousins".

  13. What is an adjournment debate?

    Adjournment debates are short debates held at the end of a day's business in the Commons.

    They are used to bring constituency matters to the attention of government ministers.

  14. Adjournment

    Labour MP Jon Cruddas now has the floor, to lead an adjournment debate on the death of his constituent, David Efemena.

  15. Remaining orders

    Attention turns to the remaining orders of the day, which includes the presentation of two petitions: on immigration checks in the UK, by Labour MP Tom Greatrex and on planning application in Bozeat, by Tory Peter Bone.

  16. Lords debate on revenue

    Conservative peer Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts tables an amendment to establish a Norwegian style sovereign wealth fund to receive and deploy revenue from the extraction and sale of shale gas in the UK.

    For the last 20 years Norway has invested the income from its oil and gas reserves and now has what many consider to be the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, estimated to be worth $1tr (£0.6tr) by 2020.

    The fund generates between £20bn and £25bn every year after investing nearly all its money in equities and bonds with a tiny allocation to property.

    Under the plans, 50% of any revenue received by the United Kingdom government from shale gas will go straight into the fund, which will be deployed to serve "long term public objectives other than those connected with monetary and exchange rate policy".

    Tabling the motion Lord Hodgson calls on peers to "put aside" funds from the countries finite resources in order to help the country plan for the future and withstand financial shocks.

  17. Post update


    Mark D'Arcy

    Parliamentary correspondent

    Massive majority for the not #EAW motion.... But we've not heard the last of this.

  18. Comfortable win

    The results are in and, as expected, the government has won the vote comfortably - by a majority of 426.

    MPs decided by 464 to 38 to support the decision to rejoin a number of EU justice measures.

    That brings the debate in the Commons to an end - but expect the row over the handling of the vote to continue outside of these walls.

  19. MPs filing through the lobbies

    MPs make their way to vote on a motion which asks the House to approve government plans to opt-in to a package of EU justice measures.

    A cross-section of MPs have complained that the European Arrest Warrant is not mentioned in the raft of measures that they are voting on, which has prompted today's furious row and the attempt to scupper the debate.

    A small rebellion is expected by some Conservative MPs who do not want to re-join the arrest warrant.

    MPs make their way to vote in the House of Commons
  20. Post update

    Susan Hulme

    BBC parliamentary correspondent

    The BBC's Susan Hulme explains:

    MPs now voting on the European criminal justice measures the government wants to opt back into, after the debate was curtailed by Labour.

    Labour, and many Conservative MPs, are unhappy that the European Arrest Warrant is not mentioned in the raft of measures they're voting on - but Labour will back the government in this vote.

    There are likely to be some Conservative rebels in this vote.

  21. Post update


    Mark D'Arcy

    Parliamentary correspondent

    Expect vicious blame game about today's events. Is Chief Whip, Home Sec, or Mr Speaker villain of the piece?

  22. Post update


    Nick Robinson

    Political editor

    Govt wins comfortably but will pay heavy price with own MPs for trying to railroad them & not giving them a vote on Euro arrest warrant

  23. Support promised

    "Division, clear the lobbies," shouts the Speaker, as the third vote of the evening is called - and MPs make their way out of the chamber to register their vote.

    The measures being voted on have both Labour and Lib Dem support, so they are likely to be approved despite an expected rebellion by some Conservative MPs.

  24. Post update


    Mark D'Arcy

    Parliamentary correspondent

    So onto a vote on the 10 EU crime and justice powers in the suspense 'cos Lab backing Govt...and then, that's all folks.

  25. And while MPs vote again...the Lords continue discussion

    Lord Whitty withdraws his amendment but says the government's position is "still not reassuring".

    After a short debate, peers pass a group of government amendments which would open up the government's Renewable Heat Incentives to allow alternative providers to run the scheme.

    The new scheme will pay participants that generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings. It is currently regulated by Ofgem.

    The amendments were passed without a vote.

  26. MPs vote against Labour move

    The government has seen off a Labour-led attempt to abandon the debate on regulations relating to the EU policing and justice measures opt-in.

    MPs voted by 272 to 229 - majority 43 - against Labour's move.

    The House will now vote on the measures listed in the motion, which shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says Labour will support.

    But she demands a debate on the remaining measures not listed in the motion - including the arrest warrant - tomorrow.

  27. What next?

    Susan Hulme

    BBC parliamentary correspondent

    The BBC's Susan Hulme explains:

    MPs are now voting on whether to consider the criminal justice motion from the home secretary any further tonight. Labour, and MPs from the government side too, are unhappy that her motion makes no specific mention of the European Arrest Warrant.

    Labour have used a little-known parliamentary procedure to try to torpedo the debate, and force the government to bring forward a new motion on another day.

    If Labour win this procedural vote (the ayes win) the debate ends, and there's no further vote. The government would have to bring the measures forward another time.

    If Labour lose (the noes win) the debate still ends, but there is immediately a vote on the criminal justice measures.

  28. David Cameron back in Westminster

    The prime minister has returned to the Commons for the vote.

  29. So what is fracking? Lords debate

    Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside. Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well.

    The process is carried out vertically or, more commonly, by drilling horizontally to the rock layer. The process can create new pathways to release gas or can be used to extend existing channels.

    The extensive use of fracking in the US, where it has revolutionised the energy industry, has prompted environmental concerns.

    The first is that fracking uses huge amounts of water that must be transported to the fracking site, at significant environmental cost. The second is the worry that potentially carcinogenic chemicals used may escape and contaminate groundwater around the fracking site. The industry suggests pollution incidents are the results of bad practice, rather than an inherently risky technique.

    There are also worries that the fracking process can cause small earth tremors. Two small earthquakes of 1.5 and 2.2 magnitude hit the Blackpool area in 2011 following fracking.

  30. Lords debating fracking

    Responding to the amendment by Baroness Verma says that she must stress that there is already of guidance in place addressing Lord Whitty's concerns.

    She says current controls and regulations, built up over 50 years of on shore oil and gas extraction in the UK, already "prevent water contamination, mitigate seismic activity and minimise emissions".

  31. the Lords

    Peers are debating a motion tabled by Lord Whitty require fracking firms to contribute to a contingency fund to pay for any loss caused directly or indirectly by the extraction of oil and gas.

    Compensation for accidents and damages caused by other forms of energy production have almost always been paid by the tax payer until now, Lord Whitty says.

    Even with "world class regulation" and "world class regulators" Lord Whitty says that if fracking takes off then there will be problems on hundreds of sites across Britain. There never has been a form of energy where there haven't been "accidents and leakages" he adds.

  32. Division announced

    MPs are now voting on whether or not to abandon today's vote on the regulations relating to the EU justice measures opt-in.

    The vote will take about 15 minutes, as MPs must file one by one through the voting lobbies situated just outside the chamber.

    There must always be four 'tellers' for each division - two in favour, two against - who then announce the result to the House.

  33. MPs dividing

    Addressing MPs, Speaker John Bercow restates what the effect of the procedural motion will be.

    If agreed, the debate on the draft regulations introduced by the government will cease immediately and the business will be lost.

    If rejected, there will be a vote on the regulations straight away without further debate.

    He also counsels that the House would be able to debate EU policing and justice matters tomorrow via an emergency business motion, if such a decision is taken.

  34. Full debate on another day?

    Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg commends the shadow home secretary's motion, which he argues would allow for a full debate another day on the 35 justice measures the government wants to re-join, including the European Arrest Warrant, after it exercised its block opt-out.

    But senior Tory David Davis does not agree - and says there is no guarantee of a full and proper debate if the opposition motion is approved. He says Labour's "anti-democratic" proposal denies many MPs the chance to discuss the government's proposals.

    Mr Davis, the Haltemprice and Howden MP, does not support the arrest warrant.

  35. MPs debating move to close debate

    MPs were due to vote on the motion on regulations pertaining to the opt-in of 35 EU policing and justice measures at 22.00 GMT.

    However, Labour's procedural attempt to stop further debate on the measures, which caught everyone by surprise, means a vote will be held earlier.

    MPs have the opportunity to speak for or against the move - and are doing so at the moment.

    A number of Conservatives are making lengthy speeches. It suggests that they could be seeking to stall for time to ensure MPs can make their way back to Westminster in time for the vote.

    Speaker John Bercow says he is open to a closure motion - which would bring the debate to an end and pave the way for a vote - but after a "reasonable interval".

    He says he wants to see whether any more MPs are wishing to speak.

  36. The scene in the Commons

    House of Commons
  37. Lib Dem MP's view

    Martin Horwood, the Lib Dem MP for Cheltenham, indicates that he will not support Labour in a vote to curtail the debate.

  38. Post update


    Rebecca Keating

    BBC News

    Are #HoC speeches designed to delay 'question not be put' vote long enough for @David_Cameron & Chris Grayling to return from Mansion House?

  39. Post update


    PA's James Tapsfield tweets: PM on his feet at Lord Mayor's Banquet. He's not going to make it to vote against Labour procedural manoeuvre

  40. 'Never heard before'

    Ken Clarke says he has never heard a frontbench spokesman invoke the procedure that "the question be not now put" at "any stage in any serious debate", and adds: "I don't expect I will for many years to come."

    Ken Clarke
  41. Urge to reconsider

    Ken Clarke appeals to the shadow home secretary to reconsider the extraordinary step to move the "archaic motion" to end the debate.

    He quips that no-one in the Commons enjoys a procedural row as much as I do "and this has been on of the best we've had".

    But he says the House should reflect on what impression the debate sends to the public.

  42. Unusual scenes

    These are extremely unusual scenes in the House of Commons.

    It's unclear how things will unfold, but we can be sure that there are frantic efforts as whips behind the scenes ensure the government's motion is passed.

  43. Clear way through?

    Tory Sir Edward Leigh says the "clear" and "honourable" way of proceeding is to set aside time for a debate and vote on the European Arrest Warrant tomorrow.

    Replying, Home Secretary Theresa May restates why the government has brought forward the regulations in the form that it has done, and stresses that a vote in favour would endorse the package of 35 EU policing and justice laws.

  44. Post update

    Susan Hulme

    BBC parliamentary correspondent

    The BBC's Susan Hulme explains:

    Labour's move to stop further debate on the criminal justice measures has three possible outcomes.

    If MPs agree to curtail the vote - there is no more debate and the business is lost.

    If MPs vote "no" to curtailing the vote, there is no more debate, and they move straight on to voting on the criminal justice measures.

    Debate can only carry on if MPs agree unanimously (unlikely) to withdraw the motion.

  45. Attempt to change terms of debate?

    Speaking against the move initiated by Ms Cooper, Home Secretary Theresa May accuses Labour of a "deliberate attempt" to change the terms of the debate and stop it taking place.

  46. Shut down the debate?

    The SNP's Pete Wishart seeks to shut down the debate by requesting "that the question be not now put, now be put".

    Speaker John Bercow does not accept the "closure motion" telling him it is "rather early" in proceedings.

  47. Labour game playing?

    Tory Michael Ellis accuses Labour of "game playing" and condemns the opposition front bench for using an "arcane device" to "obstruct the proper business of this House against the interests of justice and law and order".

  48. Time tomorrow?

    Yvette Cooper makes the case that time could be made available tomorrow for a debate and vote on all 35 measures.

    Theresa May says time has been allocated for the debate , and Ms Cooper's motion would "interrupt that time".

  49. Post update

    Susan Hulme

    BBC parliamentary correspondent

    The BBC's Susan Hulme explains:

    The Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, has tried to end the Commons debate on the motion on criminal justice, which does not specifically include the European Arrest Warrant, withdrawn.

    She has deployed a little-used procedure, to ask that the "question be not now put", and asked the Home Secretary to come back tomorrow with a motion which DOES specifically include the EAW.

    MPs are now discussing this procedure.

  50. Postponed to another day?

    If the question put by Yvette Cooper is agreed to, the debate on the draft regulations will be postponed today, but could be considered by the House on a subsequent day.

  51. Post update


    Labour Whips tweet: House is now debating whether there should be a vote on whether the full package of 35 measures inc the EAW should come back tomorrow

  52. Commons confusion

    Confusion still reign over whether or not tonight's vote covers the European Arrest Warrant.

    Yvette Cooper offers the home secretary a chance to stand up and confirm there will be a separate vote on the EAW before the Rochester and Strood by-election on 20 November.

    Theresa May declines to do so, by shaking her head from a sedentary position.

    Ms Cooper tries again, and recommends she brings forward a separate motion tomorrow.

    Yvette Cooper accuses her of "playing fast and loose" with the criminal justice system and with Parliament.

    She seeks to invoke a rule that would mean the regulations can no longer be debated in this sitting.

  53. Importance of vote

    Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says the importance of the European Arrest Warrant means there should be a vote on it.

    She urges Theresa May to have a re-think and "give us a vote specifically on the European Arrest Warrant", telling the House that Labour wants to "enthusiastically endorse" the measure.

    The Labour front bencher claims it was left out of the motion because Theresa May and Chief Whip Michael Gove "thought they were being clever" and could "minimise a rebellion".

    Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper
  54. What's happening in the Commons?

    To recap on today's earlier events in the Commons, the government faced angry claims that it had broken its promise to give MPs a vote on whether or not the UK should rejoin the European Arrest Warrant.

    Speaker John Bercow told MPs that there would not be a vote on the arrest warrant, as the motion for debate only related to 10 of the 35 EU policing and justice laws that the government is seeking to re-join.

    However, Home Secretary Theresa May insisted MPs would still be able to have their say on the EAW during consideration of the other EU justice measures.

    Some Conservative MPs are expected to rebel against the government over the EAW, which they oppose.

  55. Amendments in the Lords

    Peers are now debating two amendments tabled by independent peer Baroness Young of Old Scone which would give conservation areas greater protection from fracking.

    Tabling her amendment Baroness Young says she was worried that by standing up for environmental concerns would lead peers to believe she is an "anti-fracker" even though "nothing could be further from the truth".

  56. Labour's position

    Theresa May has concluded her speech - and it is time for her opposite number, Yvette Cooper, to set out Labour's position.

    She begins by criticising the "shambolic" handling of today's debate and accuses Theresa May of "playing games".

    Labour supports all of the measures that the government wants to re-join, including the European Arrest Warrant.

    The party will vote in favour of the regulations contained in the motion debated this evening.

  57. Government win in the Lords

    Labour's amendment to the Infrastructure Bill is defeated by 237 votes to 141, a government majority of 96.

  58. Intervention supporting May

    Speaking from the Liberal Democrat benches, former leader Sir Menzies Campbell intervenes to argue that the creation of the EAW brought an end to the "rather hideous spectacle of well-known criminals living off their ill-gotten gain and sunning themselves in the Costa Brava".

    Sir Menzies Campbell
  59. Support for EAW

    Theresa May tells MPs that more than 95% of people extradited from the UK are foreign nationals, including suspects wanted for 124 murders, more than 100 rapes, nearly 500 serious assaults and seven terrorism cases.

    In the same period, the arrest warrant has been used to return 647 people to the UK to face justice, among them suspected killers and paedophiles and one suspected terrorist, she adds.

  60. Division in the Lords

    House of Lords chamber
    Image caption: Peers file out to the voting lobbies as Labour pushes its amendment to a division.
  61. Environmental concerns

    The Labour amendment "misunderstands" current regulations which require the assessment of all proposals which are likely to have significant impacts on the environment.

    Requiring all shale gas underground access sites to have independent inspections would slow down shale gas extraction for "no discernable reason" and create a damaging precedent for other new industries in the future, she adds.

  62. Lords debate on fracking

    Baroness Verma says that she is sure that the government's regulatory system for fracking will "continue to provide robust protection for the environment" given the UK's record over 50 years of regulating onshore gas and oil extraction.

    She adds that environmental problems caused by fracking the United States are normally caused by faulty drilling or well structures and comparisons with the United States are unfair to the UK as they have completely different regulatory systems.

  63. Concerns over warrant addressed

    Turning to the European Arrest Warrant, Theresa May says she understands and shares past concerns about the warrant.

    But she tells MPs she has legislated to reform the EAW to increase protections for British people wanted for extradition, meaning it is "better and safer" than before.

    As a result of the changes, arrest warrants will be refused for those suspected of minor offences, and a British judge must consider whether the alleged offence and likely penalty is sufficient to make someone's extradition proportionate, she explains.

    Theresa May
  64. Post update


    The Telegraph's Dan Hodges tweets: Basically, Tories heard Bercow say "this is not a vote on the EAW" and flipped.

  65. Government response in Lords

    Energy and Climate Change Minister Baroness Verma is now responding to the debate for the government.

    Baroness Verma
  66. Warning over Labour amendment in Lords

    Former head of the Number 10 Policy Unit under Prime Minister Harold Wilson, Lord Donoughue, warns Labour against voting for its own amendment as it is, which he says would send message that Labour is anti-fracking.

    Such a move would be "hostile to job creation, to lower energy prices and energy security" and would push several Labour peers to vote against their own party.

  67. What are the measures?

    The most contentious measure among the 35 EU justice and home affairs laws is the European Arrest Warrant, which has been used in a number of cases to bring suspects back to the UK.

    Other measures covered by the opt-out are the laws that that establish the EU's judicial and policing organisations.

    Also included is the shared databases of criminals and DNA between member states.

    The Home Office, the police and the security services say the arrest warrant is a vital tool to protect the UK.

    But some Conservative MPs have argued that it has been abused and has become a threat to the liberties of Britons.

    Supporters of the EAW argue that Britain risks becoming a "safe haven" for criminals without its extradition powers.

  68. Process 'must be completed'

    Endorsing the EAW, Tory MP James Arbuthnot urges the home secretary to "stick to her guns" arguing that without it the UK risks becoming a safe haven for criminals.

    Theresa May says the measures will ensure the UK can continue to keep people safe, and find and bring criminals to justice.

    She stresses that the process must be completed before the 1 December deadline, to ensure there is not an "operational gap", which "would be a real problem for our police and law enforcement agencies".

  69. 'Vital' justice measures

    The home secretary is making the case for the "vital" 35 EU justice measures the government is seeking to opt back into.

    She said the deal the government has negotiated in Europe "is a very good one for the UK".

  70. Sabotage fracking?

    Labour peer Lord Lipsey, who is a member of the Economic Affairs Committee whose report was used by Labour to construct their amendment, says that leading environmental groups should not be listened to as they seek "raise every empty canard about fracking and treat it as a genuine concern" in order to sabotage fracking by restricting it out of existence.

    Lord Lipsey
  71. What is the European Arrest Warrant?

    The European Arrest Warrant (EAW) operates EU-wide and replaced separate extradition arrangements between the EU member states.

    It was introduced in January 2004, and was prompted by the international anti-terror drive after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States.

    A national judicial authority, such as a court, can issue an EU warrant to get a suspect extradited.

    For a warrant to be valid, the suspect must be accused of an offence incurring a maximum penalty of at least a year in prison, or must have been already sentenced to at least four months in prison.

  72. Tory rebellion expected

    Theresa May explains the background to the government's block opt out of the EU's 133 justice and home affairs laws, which was exercised last year.

    The government said it would re-join to 35 of those deemed "in the national interest", such as the European Arrest Warrant, before the 1 December deadline.

    However, some Conservative MPs oppose the EAW and are expected to rebel against the government in the vote.

  73. A la carte - or fixed menu?

    Let the debate begin.

    Home Secretary Theresa May is setting out the government's position - and insists the vote later tonight relates to whether or not the UK will opt back in to the package of measures that the UK has negotiated.

    "It is not an a la carte menu where once can pick and choose," she tells MPs.

    Labour frontbencher Yvette Cooper presses the home secretary to say whether she is disagreeing with the Speaker's earlier ruling on the scope of the debate.

    Theresa May contends that her words "agree with the Speaker", in that the vote relates to the regulations.

  74. Green voice against fracking

    Green party peer Baroness Jones says there needs to be a "complete rejection of fracking", which she says threatens the UK's wildlife and would undermine the Climate Change Act by promoting the "unfettered extractions of unconventional fossil fuels".

    While she says she will support Labour's amendment she says it does not go far enough and calls on the government to "re-prioritise" renewable and energy efficiency in order to honour the UK's commitments to recuing carbon emissions.

    Claims made by those in support of fracking are not "borne out by facts" she adds.

    Baroness Jone
  75. Narrow win

    The government has narrowly won a vote on its programme motion for a debate on regulations relating to the opt-in of EU justice and home affairs measures.

    MPs voted by 251 to 242 - majority 9 - to approve the motion, which allows the debate to continue until 22.00 GMT.

    It follows an angry debate over the government's handling of the debate and vote, which saw the government criticised by a cross-section of MPs and the Speaker.

  76. Speaker Bercow

    John Bercow
    Image caption: Speaker John Bercow has criticised the government's handling of today's debate, during an angry session
  77. Post update


    Barry Gardiner MP tweets: "Shambles!" The one word on every MPs lips as they went through the lobby just now.

  78. 'Division! Clear the lobby!'

    Divisions - as they are known - tend to take about 15 minutes, as MPs register their votes by passing through the Aye or No lobbies.

    There are always four tellers for every vote - two for the motion and two against - who announce the result to the House.

    Lib Dem Tom Brake and Tory Gavin Barwell are acting as tellers for the motion; Labour MPs Tom Blenkinsop and Phil Wilson are against.

  79. Lords debate on fracking

    The chair of the non-departmental Committee on Climate Change, Lord Deben, says that it is the government's responsibility to "keep to the science" and that the science around fracking makes it "very clear" there is no fundamental reason not to frack for gas.

    Lord Deben, who was Secretary of State for the Environment under John Major, says that while he opposes the amendment he calls on the government to do more to allay fears including making it clear how regulations around fracking will work and demonstrating that any independent checks on fracking sites - as requested by select committees - are carried out by independent bodies.

    Lord Deben
  80. MPs voting

    The Speaker of the Commons calls a vote on the programme motion - which sets out the timetable for the next debate on the regulations pertaining to the EU justice and home affairs measures.

    If it is passed, the debate will be extended until 22.00 GMT. If not, the debate will be time limited to an hour and a half.

  81. Post update


    Editor of Paul Waugh ‏tweets: Theresa May appears to ignore Speaker ruling, says those who vote against motion WILL be voting against the EAW. In her view.

  82. Curtailing debate?

    If the House votes against the motion on the regulations, it will mean a vote against the government's opt in to all the EU justice measures, including the European Arrest Warrant, Theresa May informs MPs.

    She warns that voting against the programme motion will curtail the debate to an hour and a half.

  83. Insists on position

    Theresa May insists it is possible for MPs to speak about the European Arrest Warrant - which is not listed in the regulations - during the debate, and stresses that the vote will determine whether or not the government will opt in to the measures, including the EAW.

  84. Substantive motion

    Defending her position, Theresa May says there was no legislative requirement for the government to bring these 35 measures before the House for consideration and a vote.

    There is a legislative requirement for us to "transpose" certain measures into UK legislation, which is usually done through a special committee of MPs, she adds.

    However, the government did not think that was right which is why a substantive motion has been brought before the House for scrutiny.

  85. Government defence

    Home Secretary Theresa May is on her feet - and sets out the background to the government's block opt-out of the EU justice and home affairs measures.

    She refuses to take interventions, noting that she had been asked to make a speech, "and that is what I will do".

  86. Labour vote

    Labour will vote against the programme motion which sets out the timetable for debate, and the shadow home office minister David Hanson invites others to do the same.

    That will cut the debate to one and a half hours which is "sufficient" to debate the regulations, he argues.

    It is unclear whether the motion relates to 10 or 11 EU justice and home affairs regulations.

  87. Home Secretary prepares to speak

    Theresa May
    Image caption: Theresa May quenches her thirst before facing MPs
  88. Post update


    UKIP's MP Douglas Carswell tweets: Devious and underhand tactics by govt whips have reduced Commons to a farce.

  89. Home Secretary to speak?

    Senior Conservative David Davis - a former leadership contender - says it might be useful to break with convention and hear from Theresa May before other MPs have had the chance to speak, so MPs are clearer about what is going on.

    Mr Bercow raises the prospect with the House, and it looks as if Theresa May is about to take her place at the despatch box, following some brief remarks from shadow Home Office minister David Hanson.

  90. Lords fracking debate

    Labour have based their amendment on the work of the Lords Economic Affairs Committee and its recent inquiry into the potential economic benefits of fracking in the UK.

    In their report, the members of the committee set out a number of key recommendations necessary to build confidence, including the need for independent inspectors and on-going monitoring of fugitive emissions.

  91. What's happening in the Commons?

    To recap, Speaker John Bercow has explained that the Commons is being asked to approve several of the 35 EU justice and home affairs measures that the government wants to re-join - but that the vote is not on the European Arrest Warrant, as had been expected.

    He said he would allow MPs "latitude" so they could discuss the warrant, however.

  92. 'Sorry day'

    "This really is a sorry day for this government," remarks Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Tory MP for North East Somerset.

  93. Lords fracking debate

    Tabling her amendment shadow energy spokesperson Baroness Worthington says Labour do not want to "hold back" or "delay" fracking but have tabled these amendments to give fracking the "best possible chance of moving forward on the right footing."

    Baroness Worthington said the government has not "paid sufficient attention to the concerns of those in the environmental sector".

    Highlighting the case of citizens in Denton, Texas, voting through a ban on the use of hydraulic fracturing after they had grown frustrated by the industry working around regulations to control any environmental impacts, Baroness Worthington says Labour's amendments would help allay fears about fracking.

    Baroness Worthignton
    Image caption: Baroness Worthignton telling peers it is in the economies and the energy industries interest to get "fracking right" from the beginning.
  94. 'Cavalier' approach

    The chairmen of three influential Parliamentary committees accused the government of a "cavalier approach" to the forthcoming debate.

    The European scrutiny, justice, and home affairs committees criticised the government's decision to present the 35 measures as one package, saying it "falls far short of the committees' expectations".

  95. Background

    The government opted out of all 133 EU police and criminal justice measures measures in 2013, a decision that will take effect on 1 December.

    Ministers want to rejoin 35 of the measures, including the European Arrest Warrant, before that deadline.

    MPs were expected to discuss the substance of these measures today, but the wording of the motion put down by the government and the Speaker's advice on the scope of the debate has prompted this row in the House of Commons.

  96. Backbench speeches continue

    Speaker John Bercow tells MPs the home secretary will wind up the debate on the Business of the House motion, to set out the government's position, and that the opposition front bench will also be able to speak.

    Tory former Attorney General Sir Edward Garnier uses the point of order procedure to request a speech from Theresa May now so we can "curtail this debate and get on with it".

    "That is very cheeky indeed," remarks the Speaker, noting that other MPs may wish to comment.

    Lib Dem Martin Horwood, who has been waiting to speak, says he would be happy to "forego my place in the queue" to allow Mrs May to clarify the situation.

    The floor remains open to backbench speakers for now.

  97. Lords debate

    Peers now move on to what is expected to be the main event from today's debate on the Infrastructure Bill, a Labour tabled amendment that will require all shale gas underground access sites to have independent inspections of the well's integrity, individual reporting of the chemicals used for each well, and would require a baseline monitoring including of methane emissions at all sites.

    Labour say their amendments are the only way of ensuring "proper environmental protections" are put in place around fracking.

    A vote on the amendment is expected at 18:30 GMT.

  98. Opportunity denied

    Senior Conservative John Redwood says many MPs thought today was an opportunity to debate the possible UK opt in of 35 EU justice and home affairs measures, including the "important and contentious" European Arrest Warrant.

    However, this is not now the case, he says, and urges the government to consider amending the motion.

  99. More calls to withdraw

    Sir Menzies Campbell adds his voice to calls for the motion to be withdrawn, and a more suitable alternative brought forward.

    The SNP's Pete Wishart says Sir Menzies should get Lib Dem MPs to vote against the Business of the House motion to kill off the debate and force a government re-think.

    However, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling confirms that if the motion is defeated it would simply time limit the debate to 90 minutes, rather than allowing it to extend until 10pm.

  100. Conferring on the front bench

    Tory front bench
    Image caption: Chief Whip Michael Gove, Home Secretary Theresa May and Justice Secretary Chris Grayling consult as MPs express their dismay at the proposal
  101. Motion withdrawn?

    Keith Vaz, Home Affairs Committee chair and Labour MP, shares Sir Bill's concerns and hopes the motion will be withdrawn to allow MPs to vote on EU justice and home affairs measures individually.

  102. Home Secretary's consideration

    Theresa May
    Image caption: Theresa May shakes her head as complaints are raised about the government's handling of the matter
  103. Strong condemnation

    European Scrutiny Committee chair Sir Bill Cash is airing his grievances, and says it is a "disgraceful" way for a government to act.

    "This is a travesty of our parliamentary proceedings," he asserts angrily, and indicates he will vote against the motion.

  104. 'A joke'

    This motion is "a joke", says Yvette Cooper, as it concerns only 11 regulations, which do not include the EAW.

    She questions why the home secretary has "not delivered the vote [on the EAW] we were promised", and claims it is because of an expected Conservative rebellion over the policy.

    She says Labour supports the 11 regulations but will vote against the business motion - and urges the home secretary to abandon it and bring back something better.

  105. Post update


    Sam Coates (The Times) tweets: Last week Number 10 dismissed reports on Wed that EAW vote was running into problems with clerks....

  106. Chief whip arrives

    Speaker John Bercow
    Image caption: Here's a pic of chief whip Michael Gove arriving in the Commons chamber just as Speaker John Bercow was finishing his attack on the government's handling of the proposed debate and vote on the European Arrest Warrant
  107. Post update


    Sarah Wollaston MP tweets: Wholly unsatisfactory that vote tonight excludes #EAW but Commons being expected to treat it as a 'proxy'. Speaker clarifies no such thing

  108. Post update


    Editor of Paul Waugh tweets: Bercow sounds like he's slamming whips for breaching PM pledge on EUArrestWarrant vote: "a commitment made shd be a commitment honoured"

  109. Whole package

    Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is at the despatch box to move the Business of the House motion - and reveals he will not be able to take part in the forthcoming debate as he has to attend the Lord Mayor's banquet in his capacity as Lord Chancellor.

    He says the vote is on the whole package of 35 measures - but the shadow home secretary says that is a direct contradiction to the speaker's ruling and advice.

    "What a shambles, what complete chaos," she remarks.

  110. Concern among MPs

    There is a lot of disquiet among MPs over the government's handling of the matter.

    Labour MP Chris Bryant opines that it has been "extremely unwise of the government to proceed in this way" - prompting a shaking of the head from Theresa May.

    Speaker Bercow describes it as a "rather sorry saga", and says the House "should not be put in this position".

    "We should try to operate according to sensible standards, rather than trying to slip things through, through some sort of artifice," he says.

    The public expect "straight forward dealing" and are "contemptuous" of anything that is not, Mr Bercow adds.

  111. Lords business

    Peers now move to the final day of report stage scrutiny of the Infrastructure Bill - which will focus on energy infrastructure.

    The first order of business is a series of Labour tabled amendments aimed at coordinating government policy on "enhanced oil recovery" in the North Sea.

  112. Post update


    Mark D'Arcy

    Parliamentary correspondent

    Speaker Bercow savaging Govt over attempt to "slip thru" EU arrest warrant vote. People will be contemptuous. Wow!

  113. Post update


    Sky's Faisal Islam ‏tweets: Parliament currently debating whether debate is actually about European Arrest Warrant...Speaker says "imperfectly configured circumstances"

  114. EAW tabled for another day?

    Yvette Cooper says Home Secretary Theresa May - who is seated on the front bench - should stand up and clarify the situation.

    No response is forthcoming.

    Over to Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg, who says a "clear motion" on the EAW should be tabled for debate another day.

  115. Praise in Lords

    Senior Tory peer Lord Cormack called the chancellors announcement the most skilful manoeuvre since "[former conservative Prime Minister Benajmin] Disraeli caught the Whigs bathing and ran away with their clothes".

    Lord Deighton said the prime minster and the chancellor had done an excellent job in representing the "interests of this country".

  116. Lords debate on EU rebate

    Former European Commissioner and now Labour peer Lord Roberts says that the government has not reduced the amount of the demand by "one penny, and certainly not one Euro" as the EU is still asking for £1.7bn, offset by a British rebate.

    Treasury Minister Lord Deighton says that it "was far from clear" the rebate would be applied, and thanks to government efforts there were now assurances that there would be no interest payments on the amount payable and that the government "could not be ambushed" by such a demand again.

  117. Speaker responding

    The speaker is responding to various "points of order" from MPs on the matter, including Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative MP for Gainsborough.

    "I'm completely confused now," he says: "What are we voting on?"

    John Bercow confirms that the vote is "on the regulations", which "I'm sure he has studied comprehensively".

  118. Post update


    Rebecca Keating

    BBC News

    Ken Clarke suggests issues on all EU measures are "very similar" & asks Bercow to allow wide debate. Bercow says he'll offer "some latitude"

  119. House business?

    Angela Eagle, the shadow leader of the Commons, rises to make the case for an emergency business statement "so that we can actually facilitate a vote on the European Arrest Warrant itself" rather than "everything but".

  120. Post update


    Rebecca Keating

    BBC News

    Speaker Bercow: There is no vote "on the specific matter of the European Arrest Warrant. That is the reality."

  121. Speaker's statement

    That's an end to the urgent question. Speaker John Bercow makes a brief statement to clarify the scope of the debate that is about to take place, on the EU justice and home affairs measures that the government is seeking to opt back in to.

    He says there will not be a vote on the specific matter of the European Arrest Warrant, according to the terms of the motion.

    Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says she received assurances from the home secretary that the debate and vote would be on all 35 measures, including the EAW.

    The Speaker reiterates his decision which he says has been reached with impartial expert advice.

  122. Statement repeated

    Rather unusually peers are now hearing a statement made by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne on the EU Budget Surcharge, repeated by treasury minister Lord Deighton, while the debate in the Commons is still going on.

    This means both the House of Lords and the House of Commons are debating the same subject simultaneously.

    Important government statements made in the House of Commons will sometimes be repeated in the Lords at an appropriate time to fit in with the main business. The usual process however means the debate in the House of Commons has normally finished.

    Once the statement has been repeated peers have an opportunity to quiz a government minister on the content of the statement, as in the House of Commons.

  123. Signing off accounts

    Conservative MP Paul Uppal notes that the European Union has failed to sign off its accounts for the "19th year", which he argues only strengthens the case for an in/out referendum and EU reform.

    European Union auditors say the EU misspent about €7bn (£5.5bn) last year - that is, 4.7% of its annual budget.

  124. Exact figure?

    After a question from Labour's Gavin Shuker on why the chancellor did not respond to the EU's demand sooner, George Osborne remarks: "Well I'm not sure it was worth waiting 45 minutes for that question."

    He reiterates that no country could have known the exact figure of what they would be asked to pay until late October.

    "That is why the moment we found out we got this on to the European Council agenda and the European Council agreed it should be discussed at the Ecofin [meeting]."

  125. Ping pong

    After the final comments on the bill from both front benches the Criminal Courts and Justice Bill is passes its final stage in the House of Lords without a vote.

    Given that several government defeats were inflicted in the Lords - on the government's secure college plans and changes to judicial review applications - the bill will now enter 'ping pong' where the bill passes between both the House of Commons and the House of Lords until the final wording of the bill can be agreed.

  126. Labour front bench

    The Labour front bench
    Image caption: The Labour front bench look unimpressed with George Osborne's comments
  127. Jibes at the opposition

    A number of Conservative MPs - including the chancellor - seem to be making a co-ordinated effort to highlight Labour's leadership woes.

  128. 'Serious flaws'

    Former chief inspector of prisons Lord Ramsbotham says that new evidence "exposes serious flaws" in the governments proposals for a new secure college, which he says is clearly "not tailored" for the needs of the young offenders it intends to house.

    During the report stage, Lord Ramsbotham was unable to gather enough support for a series of amendments designed to wreck the government's secure college proposals.

    He asks for these matters to be passed to the prime minister - a fairly unlikely move - who he says he hopes will make a statement on whether the proposals should be put on hold until they have been given "more thought".

    Former chief inspector of prisons Lord Ramsbotham
  129. EU reform?

    Philip Hollobone, a eurosceptic Tory MP, notes that the UK pays more than £10bn a year to the EU and asks whether a future Conservative government would renegotiate the UK's membership fee of the EU.

    George Osborne, responding, says he understands people's "frustrations". He reiterates that the Conservatives are seeking reform of the way the EU works, and Britain's relationship with it.

  130. Post update


    Labour MP Luciana Berger tweets: I asked Chancellor to name a single EU Finance Minister who supports his version of events on the "rebate" - he didn't/couldn't.

  131. What's the rebate?

    MPs keep mentioning the UK rebate. So what is it? Well, it dates back to 1984, and provides the UK with a refund on a part of its contribution to the EU budget.

    The UK argued for the rebate because at the time it was the third poorest member of the Community but on course to become the biggest net contributor to the EU budget.

    The UK was due to get a 1bn-euro rebate in 2015-16 but it will bring that forward to the second half of 2015.

  132. Any reform?

    Labour's Gisela Stuart seeks to press the point that it was known that the EU rebate would apply to the EU budget surcharge, and claims the chancellor has made no progress in reforming the system of calculations.

  133. Criticism of government

    The SNP's Stewart Hosie criticises the government's handling of the whole episode, and accuses ministers of "pandering to the open wound of anti-europeanism from the members who sit behind the chancellor".

    Chancellor George Osborne points out that Scotland would not be a member of the EU if the SNP had been successful in the independence referendum.

    And he says it was confirmed that there was no way member states could have known the net figure until 17 October.

  134. Support for George Osborne

    Another voice of support for the chancellor comes from Conservative heavyweight Ken Clarke, who welcomes the "surprisingly good result" achieved at last Friday's meeting of EU finance ministers.

  135. Labour MP's scepticism

    Labour MP Kate Hoey says the whole episode demonstrates that the UK is paying far too much to the European Union, and should seek to regain more control of its borders.

  136. Comment withdrawn

    Geoffrey Robinson, a Labour MP, is asked by the Speaker to withdraw his remarks accusing the chancellor of "a gross act of deception worthy more of Goebbels than the British chancellor of the exchequer".

    His comments prompt shouts of outrage from the Tory backbenches.

  137. Protection in custody

    The Earl of Listowel's amendment is passed without a vote after the government give it their backing as part of a wider mover to provide protections to 17-year-olds in police custody.

    Peers now move onto a final review of the contents of the bill and its passage through the House of Lords. Expect some last shots from peers, such as former chief inspector of prisons Lord Ramsbotham, senior human rights Lawyer Lord Pannick and the Labour frontbench who are unhappy with many parts of the bill.

  138. Post update


    Home Affairs Committee chair Keith Vaz MP tweets: It is absurd that there is to be no vote on the European Arrest Warrant today. Three Parliamentary Committees have recommended this. #eaw

  139. 'Crass insensitivity'

    Sir Andrew Tyrie, the Conservative chair of the Treasury Committee, criticises the "crass insensitivity" of the Commission for the way it issued the EU budget demand from the UK and other countries, and seeks assurances it cannot happen again.

    George Osborne says there was "strong support" at the meeting last Friday that the rules have to change.

  140. Attack on Labour stance

    George Osborne has the right of reply to Mr Balls's statement, and once again defends the deal reached last Friday.

    He attacks Labour's record on the EU, and tells Mr Balls: "He should leave the strong leadership in Europe to us and he should get on with throwing over the weak leadership in the Labour Party."

    George Osborne
  141. Teenage custody

    The Earl of Listowel tables an amendment requiring a custody officer - responsible for the care and welfare of arrested persons - to be provided for all 17-year old in police custody.

    The amendment would "rectify an ongoing anomaly" in the way 17-year-olds are treated by the police, he says.

    Currently 17-year olds fall between two sets of guidance meaning they are dealt with as adults despite being legally defined as children. They do not automatically receive the support of an 'appropriate adult' to help them through the legal process, and in many cases, parents are not told that their son or daughter has been arrested.

    The codes of practice under the Police and Crime Evidence Act (PACE) 1984 do not allow 17-year olds to be treated like those aged 16 and under who can, for example, contact their parents or have the support of an appropriate adult.

    The Earl of Listowel tells peers this amendment comes after three 17-year-olds took their own lives after being treated as adults by the police.

    Earl of Listowel
  142. 'Con trick'

    Responding, Ed Balls accuses Mr Osborne of a "con trick", and claims the rebate was never in doubt.

    Mr Balls says the chancellor totally failed to get a better deal for British taxpayers, claiming he has not reduced the bill "by a single penny".

    His attempts to fool the British public have totally unravelled, he adds.

  143. Post update


    Rebecca Keating

    BBC News

    "Talk about smoke and mirrors - I can barely see you" @edballsmp tells the Speaker in EU budget debate in #HoC

  144. 'Result for Britain'

    Addressing MPs, Mr Osborne insists it was not clear that a rebate, "let alone such a large one", would be applied to the charge.

    "We have achieved a real result for Britain and the whole episode reminds us of the reform we need in Europe, reform that we believe on this side of the House should be put to a vote for the people of Britain," he concludes.

  145. Two instalments

    The £1.7bn surcharge followed an annual review of EU member states which showed Britain had done better than previously thought.

    Italy, Greece and Cyprus were also asked to make extra contributions, while France and Germany are set for refunds

    Mr Osborne said on Friday that the UK would pay two interest-free sums next year totalling £850m, instead of a larger sum by 1 December.

  146. Post update


    The Spectator's Isabel Hardman tweets: "It was not clear that we would receive a rebate," says Osborne. MPs cheer as he sets out how much rebate reduces bill by.

  147. Amendment withdrawn

    Justice Minister Lord Faulks says he understands Lord Woolf's concerns and says the government has "no objection" to providing a report, but not before it can carry out a review on how best to present the report and what kind of information it should contain.

    Lord Woolf withdraws his amendment.

  148. 'Never again'

    Chancellor George Osborne is on his feet to respond, and tells MPs the bill has been halved, the timetable for its repayment delayed and that no interest will be paid.

    He also adds that the EU rules have been changed to ensure this "unacceptable behaviour never happens again".

  149. Urgent question

    The departmental question session in the Commons is over, meaning it's time for the urgent question on the EU budget surcharge, which is being asked by shadow chancellor Ed Balls.

  150. Amendment withdrawn?

    Former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf tables an amendment that require the justice secretary to report to parliament on the recruitment process for 'recall adjudicators', who will decide whether criminals should be recalled for breaches of parole under the bill.

    Tabling his amendment Lord Woolf says he has "reason to believe" that he can withdraw the amendment as he's expected the government to announce concession he was seeking.

    Unlike the House of Commons, amendments are allowed to be tabled at third reading in the Lords as long as they don't repeat matters that have 'substantively' been debated and voted on already.

    Former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf
  151. Homelessness concerns

    Liz McInnes, the Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton, raises a question on homelessness, saying rough sleeping has risen every year under the government.

    The minister, Kris Hopkins, responds by saying the government takes the matter very seriously, and tells MPs £1bn has been spent on seeking to tackle homelessness, which has dropped "by 2%".

  152. Post update


    Lib Dem MP Duncan Hames tweets: Raising the plight of Wiltshire homes and businesses hit by storm water floods at local government questions in the House of Commons.

  153. Anti-Semitic incidents on rise

    Communities Secretary Eric Pickles tells MPs of rising incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti on public property, private homes and in Jewish cemeteries.

    He reveals that he is writing to councils today to stress the importance of using their range of legal powers to remove the graffiti quickly, and to report all incidents to the police.

    Eric Pickles

    This is part of wider measures to tackle anti-Semitism and to promote tolerance in society, he adds.

    Mr Pickles's comments are welcomed by the shadow secretary of state, Hilary Benn.

  154. Topical questions

    The question session in the Commons is about to move on to topical questions, of which ministers have no notice. First up will be the Labour MP for Sefton Central, Bill Esterson.

  155. Final stages

    Peers now move to the third reading of the Criminal Courts and Justice Bill, its final stage in the House of Lords before returning to the House of Commons in what is known as parliamentary ping-pong.

  156. Athletes' resources

    Former Paralympic athlete Lord Holmes of Richmond asks the final question of the session asking about effectiveness of the allocation of resources for the Great Britain Olympic and Paralympic teams due to compete in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

    Lord Holmes, who won a total of nine gold, five silver, and one bronze medal at the Paralympic Games, tells peers that unprecedented funds for Olympic and Paralympic athletes means that the UK is "well set" for Rio but calls on the government to secure funding "post Rio".

    He also calls on the government to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Sir John Major as the "father of National Lottery" whose funding has helped the UK's Olympic and Paralympics teams.

    Communities and Local Government Minister Lord Gardiner of Kimble joins Lord Holmes in praising Sir and says his suggestions have "a lot of merit".

    Lord Holmes
    Image caption: Former Paralympic champion Lord Holmes praising John Major as the "father" of National Lottery funding.
  157. New homes

    The government is on course to deliver 170,000 affordable homes by March 2015, MPs are told.

    Communities and Local Government Minister Stephen Williams adds that a further £23bn of investment will deliver 165,000 affordable homes between 2015-18, which will be the "fastest rate" of affordable house building "for at least 20 years".

    Sir Andrew Stunell, the Lib Dem MP for Hazel Grove, seeks assurances that the energy performance of the homes will not be "downgraded" by "loopholes" in the Infrastructure Bill - currently going through the Lords, as he appeals for "genuine zero-carbon" homes.

    Mr Williams stresses the government's commitment to zero carbon homes from 2016, but emphasises the need for a "modest exemption" for small builders to help them get back in to the market.

  158. Council tax

    Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles is fielding questions on council tax.

    He says the government's council tax freeze is saving the average Band D householder in England up to £1,073 over the course of the five-year parliament.

  159. Post update


    LabourLordsUK tweets: #LordsQs #BlueonBlue as Tory Lord Cormack challenges #LordFreud over unfair treatment of unpaid carers re: #bedroomtax

  160. Spare room subsidy

    Senior Conservative peer Lord Cormack says the spare room subsidy policy is "insensitively applied" and does not appear to "fit comfortably with conservative philosophy."

    Lord Freud says that the policy has been successful at moving people back into contributing to the economic benefit of the country.

  161. Carers' costs

    Labour peer Baroness Pitkeathley tables the second question of the session on exempting unpaid carers from the under-occupancy charge.

    She says it is unjustifiable to require carers "who are providing around the clock care" to repeatedly apply through an overly bureaucratic system to stay in their own homes, given that they save the state "vast amount of money" at great "personal cost".

    Work and pensions Minister Lord Freud says the government support carers and they can now make "longer term determinations" for discretionary housing payments to help them meet housing costs.

    Labour peer Baroness Pitkeathley
  162. Post update


    Labour MP AlisonSeabeckMP ‏tweets: Housing Minister goes back to 2002 for figure so he can say he is doing better. He could cite 1896! No of children in B and B way too high

  163. Assessments

    Labour home affairs spokesperson Baroness Smith of Basildon questions whether the government is doing enough to assess the mental health of asylum seekers and whether the asylum seeking process has been sped up, as the government have claimed.

    Lord Bates counters, saying additional people have been brought in to help speed up the asylum application process and that 70% of applications are decided within six months, mental health needs are a clinical decisions that need to be assessed when asylum seekers visit their local NHS services.

  164. Firefighters' strike

    Labour MP Pat Glass accuses the government of "politically motivated, disingenuous behaviour" in the dispute over firefighters' pensions - and calls on ministers to sit down with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) to settle the dispute.

    Firefighters across England went on a four-day strike on 31 October in a row over pensions.

    Union officials say that under the government's proposals, firefighters will have to work until they are 60 instead of 55, pay more into their pensions and get less in retirement.

    Fire Minister Penny Morduant says there has been "extensive" debate and consultation on the proposed changes, as she defends the scheme.

  165. Asylum seekers

    Home Office Minister Lord Bates responds to Lord Roberts' comments, saying that it is a very difficult situation but "the reality is" allowing asylum seekers to compete on the job market with those "who are legally" in the UK would be unfair.

    He points out that asylum seekers are allowed to volunteer while their housing costs are paid for.

  166. Lords questions

    Labour peer Lord Roberts of Llandudno kicks off the business in the House of Lords by asking the government about assessments on the mental health of asylum seekers who have had to wait 12 months or longer before being allowed to apply for work.

    Lord Roberts says the stress that asylum seekers face when waiting for a job is greater than any other group and has led to suicides; and he calls for a "humanitarian gesture" to reduce the waiting time to six months.

    Lord Roberts
  167. Introduction

    Barbara Janke, the Liberal Democrat former leader of Bristol City Council, is being introduced as a peer to the House of Lords

    Baroness Janke will join the Liberal Democrat benches.

    Baroness Janke
    Image caption: Baroness Janke being introduced to the House of Lords.
  168. More local powers

    Responding to Ms Sandys's questions, Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles tells MPs that local councils have been given more powers over areas such as planning, housing and public health, under the coalition.

    He adds that 70% of all local authorities' income is now raised at a local level.

  169. Business begins

    House of Lords chamber
    Image caption: Peers are streaming into the House of Lords ahead of the start of business.
  170. First question

    Laura Sandys, the Conservative MP for South Thanet, has the first question for the government. She wants to know what steps are being taken to promote localism and give more powers to local communities.

  171. Remembering the fallen

    And they're off. Speaker John Bercow announces that there will be a two minute silence tomorrow, 11 November, to mark Armistice Day.

  172. Lib Dem peer

    But before that peers welcome another member to the House of Lords when the house sits at 14.30 GMT.

    Barbara Janke, the former Liberal Democrat leader of Bristol City Council, will join the Liberal Democrat benches under the title Baroness Janke.

  173. Questions

    Today's question session in the House of Lords will cover topics including: the mental health of asylum seekers, exempting unpaid carers from the under-occupancy charge, leaseholders seeking redress against managing agents and resources for the GB Olympic and Paralympic teams.

  174. Day in the Lords

    Our live coverage of the House of Lords is about to begin.

    The day's main legislation begins with the third reading of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill - its final stage in the House of Lords.

    While third reading debates are normally a simple review of the bill, today peers are expected to debate two amendments on recruiting adjudicators for recalling MPs and allowing 17-year-olds to be given custody officers. Debate is expected to last around an hour.

    Then it's on to the third day of report stage discussion of the Infrastructure Bill - where the key issue is energy infrastructure and in particular, the framework for the controversial practice of fracking. At least one vote is likely.

  175. Adjournment debate

    A half-hour adjournment debate on the death of David Efemena will bring the day to a close. Led by the Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham, Jon Cruddas, the debate will take place after the vote on the EU justice measures.

  176. Questions in Commons

    MPs will begin the day raising questions with ministers from the Department for Communities and Local Government. A range of topics are on the agenda, including steps to promote localism, the dispute over fire fighters' pensions, social housing and council tax.

  177. Urgent question

    Coming up before that, Chancellor George Osborne will be questioned on his claim that the UK's £1.7bn EU budget surcharge has been halved.

    George Osborne

    After a meeting of EU finance ministers on Friday, Mr Osborne hailed an agreement which he said meant the UK would pay a lower sum in two interest-free instalments in July and September 2015, after a rebate from Brussels due in 2016 appeared to have been brought forward.

    Mr Osborne's opposite number, Ed Balls, has accused him of using "smoke and mirrors". He has been granted an urgent question on the matter, meaning the chancellor will have to come to the Commons to make a statement at 15.30 GMT.

  178. Good afternoon

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Monday's events in the Houses of Parliament.

    It's going to be a busy day ahead, with a crucial Commons vote on the government's plans to opt back in to the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) and 34 other EU justice and home affairs measures.

    Some Conservative MPs are expected to rebel and vote against the government due to opposition to the EAW, which they will argue is unnecessary and can cause miscarriages of justice.

    The measures are likely to be approved however, with Labour and Lib Dem support.

    The debate begins from about 16.15 GMT, with the vote expected at 22.00 GMT.