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  1. The day began for MPs at 11.30 GMT with questions to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, followed by questions to the Attorney General.
  2. Conservative MP Jesse Norman tabled a TMRB to provide child benefits to teenagers on apprenticeships.
  3. The government suffered a defeat during the Small Business Bill, as MPs agreed to an amendment allowing pub landlords to escape "tied" contracts with brewers and change to "market only" contracts.
  4. The adjournment debate was led by Labour MP Robert Flello, on the future of Fenton Town Hall building in Stoke-on-Trent.
  5. The House of Lords began at 14.30 GMT with the daily half-hour questions session.
  6. Peers completed committee-stage scrutiny of the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill.
  7. Peers also approved regulations which allow civil partnerships to be converted in to full marriages in England and Wales.

Live Reporting

By Pippa Simm and Sam Francis

All times stated are UK

  1. End of business in the Commons

    And that's it. Shailesh Vara brings the adjournment debate to an end, concluding the days business in the House of Commons.

    MPs will be back on Wednesday at 11.30 GMT when the main business will be Prime Ministers questions.

  2. Government response

    Justice Minister Shailesh Vara is responding to the debate for the government.

    He tells MPs that Fenton Town Hall has been in the hands of the public sector since William Meath Baker, who built the town hall, sold it to the local health board.

    Ownership of the Town Hall passed to the government in 2005, he adds.

  3. Adjournment debate

    Robert Flello accuses the Ministry of Justice of selling off the Fenton Town Hall building - which had been used as a magistrates court - despite never owning the building.

    The building was given to the people of Stoke-on-Trent and has never been bought from them, he argues.

    Adjournment debates are short debates held at the end of a day's business and are used to bring constituency matters to the attention of government ministers.

  4. End business in the Lords

    That brings an end to the debate - and peers approve the regulations which establish the process for converting civil partnerships in to full marriages in England and Wales.

    And with that, the House of Lords adjourns for the day. Peers return at 15.00 GMT on Wednesday, when the main business of the day will be consideration of the Infrastructure Bill, and the Consumer Rights Bill.

  5. Report-stage debate ends

    MPs reject by 295 votes to 229 - government majority 76 - a Labour amendment that would require companies which are granted government contracts to create apprenticeships.

    That brings to an end the day's report-stage scrutiny of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.

    Labour MP Robert Flello will now lead a debate on the future of Fenton Town Hall building in Stoke-on-Trent.

  6. Support for changes

    Labour peer Lord Collins of Highbury and Conservative Lord Jenkin of Roding voice their support for the changes, which also have the full backing of the Labour opposition.

    Baroness Thornton, speaking from the opposition front bench, also takes the opportunity to press the government over progress on the legalisation of humanist marriages.

    The Ministry of Justice launched a public consultation on proposals to legalise humanist wedding ceremonies in England and Wales, following talks with cross-party members and the British Humanist Association, and pressure to include measures in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.

    Baroness Garden of Frognal, responding to Baroness Thornton, tells the House that the government is considering the consultation responses and will issue a report by the 1 January.

    Humanism is a secular philosophy or belief system and these weddings are legally invalid in England and Wales but legal in Scotland.

  7. Recognised marriage

    The regulations are supported by Liberal Democrat peer Lord Paddick - who married his Norwegian male partner in Norway in 2009.

    He welcomes that his marriage "is now recognised as a marriage" in England, Wales and Scotland.

    But he says it is to be regretted that equal marriage is "still not possible" in Northern Ireland.

  8. Vote correction

    Speaker John Bercow announces a correction to results of an earlier division.

    The government defeat over allowing pub landlords to change to "market rate" rents from breweries was larger than previously announced.

    The corrected results show the government was defeated by a majority of 25 votes rather than 15, with 284 votes for the amendment and 259 against.

  9. Amendment withdrawn

    Following Matthew Hancock's speech, Debbie Abrahams withdraws her amendment.

  10. Defence of the bill

    Business Minister Matthew Hancock says the transparency measures in the bill will mean that the payment practices of all large companies will be published.

    This goes further than Labour's calls to "name and shame" companies, he argues.

    Mr Hancock tells MPs that a new prompt payment advisory board is also being commissioned to give the Prompt Payment Code "teeth", so that it can exclude companies with poor practice from the code "in a very public way".

    Matthew Hancock
    Image caption: Matthew Hancock tells MPs the government is tackling late payment of suppliers
  11. Civil Partnership conversions

    The regulations are being introduced by government spokesman Baroness Garden of Frognal, who hopes they will have the House's support.

    Same sex marriages in England and Wales have been allowed to take place since March this year, after the law was changed by the government in 2013.

    Scotland passed a similar law in February and same-sex couples will be able to get married from the end of the year.

    Northern Ireland has no plans to follow suit.

  12. Civil Partnership conversions

    Peers turn their attention to the final item of today's business, which concerns regulations that allow people to convert their civil partnership into a marriage in England and Wales.

    If approved by Parliament, the regulations will come into force on 10 December 2014.

  13. End of committee stage

    Making the case for clause four to be retained, Justice Minister Lord Faulks tells peers that "all too often" people are unwilling to intervene to assist others due to fears they might be sued.

    This clause will help to allay these concerns, he explains, by providing reassurance to people that heroic behaviour in emergencies will be taken into account by the courts if a claim of negligence of breach of statutory duty is brought against them.

    He says there is "consensus" that the final eleven words of the clause are "problematic" - and pledges that the government will look in to this before the bill returns to the House at report stage.

    He urges peers to withdraw their amendments - which they agree to do so.

    That brings committee-stage scrutiny of the bill to an end - meaning the House will next be debated at report stage.

  14. Government response

    Business Minster Matthew Hancock is responding to the debate for the government.

    He tells MPs he agrees that the current system concerning late payments is not working, but the issue is how to deal with the problem.

    Mr Hancock says the best way to tackle the problem of late payments due to companies going bust is to create a strong economy and a strong "culture of payment", which the bill seeks to establish through measures that improve transparency and improve prompt payment in the public sector.

  15. Labour's response

    Responding to the debate for Labour, shadow business minister Toby Perkins says the bill makes positive but small steps in the right direction.

    Mr Perkins says small businesses do not trust the government to deal with late payments because it has "dragged its feet" over the issue for so long.

    Labour's proposal to require certain companies to publish information on their payments to suppliers in quarterly statements would "take the issue out of ministers hands" and allow other organisations to "name and shame" companies with poor records of paying suppliers, he argues.

    Ministers would also get a chance to praise companies that do play by the rules, Mr Perkins adds.

    Addressing Tory MP Ben Gummer's concerns, Mr Perkins says the Labour amendment would show small businesses that parliament is taking late payments seriously without being overly prescriptive on business.

    Toby Perkins
  16. Protecting the 'thoughtful hero'

    Lord Pannick says clause four, as it is currently drafted, protects the "instinctive hero" but not the "thoughtful hero", which is "entirely unjustified".

    He has tabled a separate amendment - number 10 - which would remove that distinction.

    The peer also claims that clause four adds "absolutely nothing" to clause two of the bill, and is therefore unnecessary, as he explains his reasons for wanting to delete it.

  17. Clause Four amendments

    Peers are considering the last grouping of proposed amendments to the Heroism Bill, after which committee-stage scrutiny of the legislation will be complete.

    The amendments concern clause four of the bill, which provides that a court must have regard to whether alleged negligence or breach of statutory duty occurred when a person was acting heroically by intervening in an emergency to assist an individual in danger and without regard to his or her own safety or other interests.

    Lord Pannick and Lord Lloyd have tabled amendments seeking to remove the entirety of the clause from the bill.

  18. 'Ephemeral legislative concoction'

    Lord Lloyd is dissatisfied with the minister's reply but he agrees to withdraw his amendment - pledging to return to the matter at report stage.

    On to the next amendment now - which is being moved by opposition spokesman Lord Beecham, who derides the bill as an "ephemeral legislative concoction".

  19. Common sense?

    Justice Minister Lord Faulks is tasked with responding to peers' arguments, as he summates for the government.

    He notes that peers' criticism of clause two is that it is not well drafted and that there is insufficient evidence to justify it and the wider bill.

    However, the minister maintains that there is a perception of a "compensation culture" which needs to be addressed.

    "We should indeed be not out of step with those who drink at the Dog and Duck, who are aware of the possibility of a compensation culture.

    "If this bill chimes in common sense terms with what ordinary people feel, that we have gone too far, then this bill is providing a useful purpose," he reasons.

  20. Support for bill

    Conservative MP Ben Gummer, who says he has run several small businesses, offers his support to the bill as it stands and cautions against creating "too rigid a regime" which could have perverse consequences.

    Current provisions will have a "revolutionary impact" Mr Gummer says, and move towards a system that will help small businesses control the terms of trade that they have with their customers.

    Ben Gummer
  21. Time limit

    Labour MP Gordon Banks calls for a time limit for the querying of invoices, to prevent large companies from employing delaying tactics in the payment of suppliers.

  22. Peer disagrees

    Opposing the amendment, Conservative peer Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbots disagrees with Lord Pannick's assertions that people's fears are "baseless".

    He says that while the bill is not a "magic bullet", it is one of a series of steps that are needed to tackle the problem, and ensure that people are not discouraged from getting involved in civil society.

    Lord Hodgson was appointed by the government to lead a review of the charity sector in 2011.

  23. Protection called for

    Returning the debate to the Labour amendment on late payments, Labour MP Gordon Banks tells MPs that one in five business failures is down to late payments, and says that late payment is often the difference between "continued trading and business failure" for small businesses.

    While he says he will support the Labour amendment but calls for more to be done to protect suppliers from chasing up clients for payments. The majority of suppliers do not pursue their customer for payment due to the costs involved and the threat of losing the customers business, Mr Banks says.

    Gordon Banks
    Image caption: Labour MP Gordon Banks wants the onus to be shifted to big business rather than suppliers
  24. Lord Pannick's criticisms

    Lord Pannick - a barrister and co-signatory of the amendment - insists that the courts already take account of "beneficial action, responsibility, heroism" when deciding on potential liability for negligence or breach of statutory duty.

    The crossbench peer says the government's defence of the clause is that people do not understand the existing law and therefore parliament should "send a message".

    But he contends that there is "no evidence whatsoever" to suggest that people thinking of performing beneficial acts or heroism are being deterred by a misunderstanding of the protections that the law already offers them.

    He also suggests that social media would be a far more effective message of communicating a message, rather than using up "valuable" legislative time; although he does add that there is no point in sending a message unless there is "something of value" to communicate.

    Lord Pannick
  25. Prohibition list proposed

    Green MP Caroline Lucas tables an amendment to allow the business secretary to create a "prohibition list" to prevent exported finance from being made available to projects that undermine the UK's human rights policies or pledges to tackle "dirty fossil fuel" production.

    Ms Lucas says the current process of considering projects on a case-by-case basis is not working. At best "it's a bureaucratic faff" and at worse "its economically, socially and environmentally harmful", Ms Lucas says.

    Caroline Lucas
    Image caption: Caroline Lucas tells MPs that export finance cannot currently legally discriminate between different types of export
  26. What are the problems caused by late payments?

    Smaller companies often face cash-flow problems if bills are not paid on time. Typically, they face extra costs - such as extending a bank loan to tide them over. The construction sector is particularly badly hit by late payment.

    The European directive on late payments says business to business payments should be made within 60 days and public sector bills should be paid within 30 days.

    The Prompt Payment Code was established in December 2008 to help small suppliers recover the £30.2bn owed to them by some of the UK's largest companies, but has been labelled a failure by business leaders, including former trade minister Lord Digby Jones.

  27. Payments to suppliers

    MPs now turn to a Labour amendment that would allow large companies who delay their payments to suppliers to be "named and shamed".

    Under the amendment, tabled by Labour MP Debbie Abrahams, certain companies will be required to publish information on their payments to suppliers and will allow the business secretary to impose obligations on companies who fail to pay suppliers on time.

  28. Lord Lloyd attacks bill's clause

    Setting out the reasons for wanting to delete clause two from the bill, Lord Lloyd say its "adds nothing".

    He says the drafting is "so defective" that if it is to stay in the bill it will give rise to "massive unintended consequences".

    Lord Lloyd of Berwick
  29. Government win

    MPs have rejected a Labour amendment to include all "tenanted, leased or franchised" pubs under the new Pubs Code. The bill as it currently stands would only extend the code to "tied" pubs.

    Labour say the amendment simply "tightens up" the loose language of the bill, allowing greater certainty in the pub industry, but the amendment was rejected by 302 votes to 238, a government majority of 64.

  30. Peers' bid to remove clause

    Two senior peers are launching a bid to remove the entirety of clause two from the bill.

    The clause in question provides that the court must have regard to whether the alleged negligence or breach of statutory duty occurred when the person was acting for the benefit of society or any of its members.

    The move to get rid of it comes from the former law lord, Lord Lloyd of Berwick and crossbench peer and barrister Lord Pannick; both of whom have dismissed the bill as "useless" and a "public relations exercise unconvincingly disguised as a prospective act of parliament", respectively.

  31. Government offer

    Earlier in the day, Business Minister Jo Swinson announced plans designed to head off a government defeat by promising MPs that new measures would be introduced when the bill went to the House of Lords.

    The new plans would allow pub landlords to apply for the same "market rent" option but only after two years, if a review concludes other measures in the bill haven't helped them sufficiently.

  32. Further amendment

    Conservative peer Lord Hunt of Wirral is proposing another amendment to the Heroism Bill - and he makes an impassioned defence of his proposal.

    He impresses upon peers that the purpose of the Lords is to "improve" legislation, and not "dismiss" it as "lacking substance", but cuts himself short, saying "sorry I mustn't get too emotional about this" - which draws laughter from peers.

    Lord Hunt of Wirral
  33. Post update


    Greg Mulholland MP tweets: WE'VE DONE IT! We have won!

  34. Government defeat

    MPs have voted to accept an amendment to allow pub landlords to exchange their "tied" tenancies, where pubs are required to buy supplies from companies that own the pubs, for a "Market Rent Only" option with a brewery that charges rent at an independently assessed market level without any "tie".

    The amendment received cross party support and was signed by 91 MPs, led by Greg Mulholland, Adrian Bailey, Brian Binley, Caroline Lucas, Peter Aldous and Tim Farron.

    MPs voted 284 votes to 269 in favour, a majority of 15.

  35. Heroism Bill's remit

    The bill being scrutinised by peers is one of a number of government initiatives to tackle the perception of a "compensation culture" which may deter people from volunteering or getting involved in community activity.

    It establishes matters a court must consider in determining a negligence claim or breach of statutory duty.

    Courts would have to consider whether actions were taken "for the benefit of society or any of its members", and if someone demonstrated a "generally responsible" approach to protecting the safety of others.

    The provisions apply only in England and Wales as civil law in Scotland and Northern Ireland is devolved.

  36. Vote called

    House of Commons
    Image caption: MPs begin filling the chamber ahead of an imminent vote on New Clause 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.
  37. Post update


    Labour MP John Healey tweets: Will vote for new system for tied pubs shortly, and told minister that tenant landlords just want a fair basis to run their pub business

  38. Care urged

    Conservative MP Richard Fuller says the government's planned change to exempt small brewers which supply only 350 or fewer pubs from the Pubs Code, rather than those that supply 500 or fewer, will only affect three brewers.

    Comparing the government to Saruman, the wizard in the Lord of the Rings whose pursuit of order and discipline led to his own downfall, Mr Fuller cautions against intervening in the pub market too excessively because he says the unintended circumstances of intervention could lead to the collapse of the industry.

    "We should be modest in efforts to change things that are working and we should be precise about the regulations we seek to impose," he says.

  39. Amendment withdrawn

    The amendment is also opposed by the opposition.

    Setting out the government's position, Justice Minister Lord Faulks says he understands the motives behind Lord Hunt's amendment, particularly its aim of reducing people's insurance premiums.

    Justice Minister Lord Faulks

    However, the issues it raises need more detailed consideration than is possible in the context of this bill, Lord Faulks explains, and requests that the peer withdraws his amendment.

    Lord Hunt of Wirral agrees to do so - and attention turns to the next amendment, which has been tabled by Labour spokesman Lord Beecham.

  40. Amendments to 'add substance'

    Speaking against the amendments, Lord Pannick, a leading QC, suggests they are a "long way" away from the purpose of the bill, which is designed to encourage more volunteering or involvement in community activity.

    Lord Hunt, intervening, argues that his amendments are designed to "add substance" to the bill.

  41. Whiplash claims examined

    Peers are discussing an amendment proposed by Conservative peer Lord Hunt of Wirral concerning minor injury compensation claims.

    It is designed to encourage people with genuine minor injuries caused by road traffic accidents "to make a claim to repair their body rather than for cash".

    Lord Hunt notes that the UK has become the "whiplash capital of Europe", with fraudsters exploiting the system through "cash for crash scams".

    He says an estimated 94% of personal injury claims for UK motor accidents are for minor whiplash injuries, compared to just 3% in France.

    In other countries, people have to prove "a level or percentage of disability" before being able to make a claim, Lord Hunt tells peers - and explains that his amendment would introduce a threshold of "15% loss of function or less".

    This would ensure those who need treatment are looked after while tackling those who "seek to abuse the system". He suggests the move would also help to reduce people's insurance premiums.

  42. Last-minute amendments introduced

    Conservative MP Richard Fuller accuses the Business Secretary Vince Cable of treating the House of Commons in a "very shabby way" by bringing forward last minute amendments and asking "MPs to take on trust that he can find massive and sweeping changes" to the pub industry.

    Mr Fuller says he has "very little confidence in the Secretary understands the industry he wishes to intervene in".

  43. Conservative approach?

    New Clause Two would create a "mummy state" that interferes and tells people how to run their business; and it would effectively scrap "tied pubs" causing 1,800 pubs to close, Andrew Griffiths says.

    Turning on the Conservative MPs who put their names to New Clause Two, Mr Griffiths says allowing pub landlords and the government to dictate terms to breweries is not a very "conservative approach to business".

    Andrew Griffiths
    Image caption: Andrew Griffiths criticises his Conservative colleagues withou their names to New Clause Two
  44. Attack on amendments

    Conservative MP Andrew Griffiths says he will not support either the government's or Greg Mulholland's amendments, and warns MPs to be wary of interfering in market places because they can have unintended consequences. The current situation was an unintended consequence of the decision to break up the big beer brewers, over fears they were working in an uncompetitive way, he says.

    He attacks the government for caving in to pressure and, to laughs from around the house, Mr Griffiths says that he has sent his researcher to the shops to buy two packets of cigarettes to give to Business Minister Jo Swinson in case she wants to write two new policies. He accuses the government of "cobbling together" their policy on allowing landlords to "apply for market rent" after two years and a review.

    The bill as it is set out will stop breweries and beer suppliers acting inappropriately, Mr Griffiths says, as it will bring in a statutory code - the Pubs Code - that will protect tenants and create an adjudicator who will have the power to enforce the code, investigate breaches and impose sanctions.

  45. Main business in the Lords

    We're on to the main business in the House of Lords now: committee-stage examination of the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill.

    At this stage in a bill's journey, parliamentarians make detailed line-by-line examination of the proposed legislation.

    Several groupings of amendments have been tabled and will be considered in today's debate.

  46. First reading

    The question session is over and the Lords is informed that the House of Commons has passed the Childcare Payments Bill; it is subsequently given a first reading in the Lords.

    First reading is when a bill is formally presented to Parliament for the first time.

    This term refers to a practice which was common in the days before the invention of printing when the full contents of a bill would be read out loud to the House to inform MPs of its contents.

    This is no longer necessary but the term readings has been retained.

  47. Reforms welcomed

    Education Minister Lord Nash tells the House the Adoption Leadership Board concluded that there has been "some misinterpretation" of the court judgments.

    He adds that guidance has been produced to ensure that everyone who works on adoption "can be confident in interpreting the judgments correctly".

    Baroness King - a mother of three adopted children - says she welcomes the reforms to adoption.

    But she says the government's desire to speed up the adoption process has clashed with "cuts to legal aid".

  48. Adoption levels

    The final question comes from Labour peer Baroness King of Bow, who is pressing the government over the recent drop in the number of children put forward for adoption by local councils.

    The Adoption Leadership Board said the drop in adoptions - of almost a half in under a year - may have been influenced by recent court judgements in adoption cases.

    The board said applications for court orders allowing a child to be placed for adoption had fallen by 34%.

    In recent years, adoption figures had risen to record levels with an increase of 63%, the board said.

  49. Dangers of new review

    Labour MP Adrian Bailey says he will support New Clause Two and opposes the government proposal to introduce new measures in the House of Lords allowing pub landlords to apply for "market rent" after two years and a review.

    The industry has already been "consulted to death" and has given its response, Mr Bailey says, and there is no reason to believe any consultation will deliver a different answer, he says.

    Establishing another review would allow large pub companies and those with vested interests to "drag their feet" and delay the implementation of changes that the pub industry needs, he says, and further delays could lead to hundreds more pubs closing.

  50. Post update


    Labour MP Sadiq Khan ‏tweets: Good to hear #Tooting's #SavetheWheatsheaf campaign get a mention by @tobyperkinsmp's in debate on standing up for local pubs #voteforpubs

  51. Trade deal question

    It's time for the third question of the session now, which is on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US.

    The deal, if it succeeds, would open up hitherto restricted markets on both sides of the Atlantic.

    If EU predictions are correct, the TTIP deal could boost US GDP by $90bn and EU GDP by $120bn.

    If negotiations are successful the TTIP would be the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated.

  52. Time made for debates

    Lord Wallace tells peers that work on the next SDSR is in the "preparatory stages" and will "intensify" after the general election in May 2015.

    Liberal Democrat Lord Alderdice seeks assurances that the views of the House of Lords will be sought in a series of debates prior to the review being completed.

    The minister says he cannot make such a commitment on behalf of a future government, but adds that there will be time for debates before the end of the Parliament.

  53. Armed forces review

    Lord Wallace of Saltaire is currently being questioned on the next Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).

    The SDSR determines changes to the shape and size of the UK's armed forces, and aims to address the future threats the UK is likely to face.

    Decisions relating to the 2010 SDSR were made by the National Security Council, chaired by the prime minister.

  54. 'No more excuses'

    Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland says he is tabling New Clause 2 - which is in his name - and will push it to a vote because the current pub company model does not work and will not deliver the government's two key principals in the bill: fairness and the "principle that a tied licensee won't be worse off than a non-tied licensee", he says.

    Mr Mulholland tells MPs that the new clause has been drafted by lawyers and publicans, and would come in gradually - reducing the impact on the industry - implemented either at: regular five year rent reviews between pubs and suppliers, the sale of the property or when a substantial change in prices takes place.

    Mr Mulholland says the new clause has the backing of publicans and "all those who believe in pubs" and says their message to government is "no more delays, no more reviews and no more excuses".

  55. Busy benches

    House of Lords
    Image caption: The chamber is packed for this afternoon's question session
  56. First question for peers

    In response to the first question, Baroness Williams of Trafford tells peers that local government accounts for a quarter of all public spending, and says it is vital that councils contribute to deficit reduction through savings and efficiencies. She says local government has risen to the challenge well.

    Labour Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton - who tabled the question - says local authority funding cuts have "disproportionately" affected more deprived areas, such as Preston, Liverpool and Manchester.

    Baroness Williams contends that "this is just not the case", and says the most deprived councils receive at least 50% more.

  57. Regulations considered

    At a convenient point - known as the dinner break debate slot - peers will consider regulations relating to same-sex marriage.

    Specifically, they establish the process for converting civil partnerships in to full marriages in England and Wales.

    It comes after the government changed the law to legalise same sex marriages in England and Wales in 2013, with the first weddings having taken place in March this year.

    Scotland passed a similar law in February. Northern Ireland has no plans to follow suit.

  58. Main business for peers

    The main business of the day is dedicated to scrutiny of the government's Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill, which will be undertaken in a committee of the whole House.

    The legislation is designed to tackle the perception of a "compensation culture" which may deter people from volunteer work or involvement in community activity.

    It came in for harsh criticism during its passage through the House of Commons and, most recently, during its second reading in the Lords.

    The former law lord, Lord Lloyd, launched a bid to block the bill from progressing any further, but in the end he agreed to withdraw his amendment after it looked like it did not have enough support.

  59. Questions in the Lords

    Turning our attention away from the Commons for a moment, across the corridor in the House of Lords peers are getting ready to begin the day's business, a little after 14.30 GMT.

    Each day in the Lords begins with a half-hour question session with government ministers. Unlike in the Commons, oral questions are not restricted to one government department per session; on any given day ministers from up to four different departments can be questioned in the chamber.

    Today's session will cover local authority budget cuts, the Strategic Defence and Security Review, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and adoption.

  60. Meanwhile, in Edinburgh...

    Our colleagues at Democracy Live in Scotland are watching Alex Salmond's final appearance at the Scottish Parliament as first minister.

    Mr Salmond will make his final statement to Holyrood as first minister of Scotland, starting around 2.20pm after topical questions.

    You can watch events in Holyrood here.

  61. Opposing government plan

    Shadow business minister Toby Perkins says the government's new plans to allow pub landlords to apply for market rent after two years and a review would create harmful uncertainty in the industry.

    Indicating that Labour will seek to push new clause 2 - which will create the automatic right for pub landlords the option of exchanging their tenancy for an independently assessed market rent without any "tie" - Mr Perkins says MPs should not let "this opportunity to take real action in front of us today to pass us by".

    The vote, if it takes place, is expected at 16.00 GMT.

    Toby Perkins
    Image caption: Toby Perkins indicates Labour may push New Clause 2 to a vote
  62. Post update


    Greg Mulholland MP ‏tweets: Great to join @FairDeal4Locals #voteforpubs rally outside Parliament earlier!

  63. New measures to help landlords

    Business Minister Jo Swinson announces that the government is also planning to introduce new measures in the House of Lords to allow pub landlords to apply for "market rent" rates from their tied suppliers after two years, if a review concludes other measures in the bill haven't helped them sufficiently.

    This measure is designed to head off a government defeat on a large cross-party amendment signed by 91 MPs, led by Greg Mulholland, Adrian Bailey, Brian Binley, Caroline Lucas, Peter Aldous and Tim Farron.

    The amendment calls for the Pubs Code to include a "Market Rent Only" option giving a pub landlord the option of exchanging their tenancy for an independently assessed market rent without any "tie". The idea being to prevent suppliers from trapping landlords and increasing their costs and allowing leaseholders to get a better deal from their suppliers.

    But Ms Swinson argues that the impact of such a measure would be unknown and so may have "unintended consequences" which could harm the sector. The government amendment would leave less room for unintended consequences, she argues.

  64. Committee stage

    The government were defeated in the bill's committee stage over plans to include small family brewers - who supply fewer than 500 pubs - in the pubs code.

    Business Minister Jo Swinson announces that the government will no longer look to re-instate small family brewers in the code but will instead introduce new clauses in the House of Lords to change the level of exemption for brewers that supply under 350 tied pubs.

  65. Post update


    Lib Dem MP Ian Swales tweets: Looking forward to supporting @GregMulholland1 new clause on pubs today. He is a great campaigner. @camra_official

  66. Post update


    CAMRA tweets: Thanks @CLeslieMP for supporting a fair deal for local pubs! #voteforpubs

  67. Pub reforms

    MPs are discussing a section of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill which covers the creation of a Pubs Code, aimed at helping pub landlords struggling to pay rent or beer costs.

    The new statutory code includes the right to request a rent review after five years and comes after complaints about abuse of the "beer tie".

    So-called "tied pubs" are required to buy supplies - often at high prices - from pub companies that own the pubs.

    The move comes after half of publicans tied to large pub firms said they earned less than the minimum wage.

    The planned reforms include the appointment of an independent adjudicator who will have the power to enforce the code, investigate breaches and impose sanctions, including financial penalties, on pub owners if they fail to comply with the new rules.

  68. Programme motion

    MPs now move to the programme motion for the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, which sets out the timetable of the bill through the Houses of Parliament.

    The motion passes without the need for a division.

  69. Bill 'passed'

    MPs pass Jesse Norman's ten minute rule bill without a division.

    When a motion is passed the bill will be printed on the Order Paper and may eventually be debated by Parliament and thus has the potential to become law.

    But only a few ten minute rule bills have made it on to the statute book. And in reality they are instead used to focus public attention on issues MPs consider important.

  70. 'Injustice' for apprentices

    Jesse Norman
    Image caption: Conservative MP Jesse Norman tell MPs non-payment of benefits to apprentices is an "injustice" that affects the less well off, as he tables his bill
  71. Ten minute rule bill

    Conservative MP Jesse Norman is now tabling a ten minute rule bill on allowing the families of teenagers on apprenticeships to receive child benefit and tax credits for them.

    If a 16 to 19-year-old stays in education, their family can continue to claim child benefit and tax credits for them. But young people in apprenticeships are counted as being in work and their family can no longer claim benefits on their behalf.

    The apprentice minimum wage is just £2.73 per hour, and Mr Norman argues that the youngest and most poorly paid apprentices will often be earning less than their family could receive in benefits for the - which could put off young people from the poorest families from becoming apprentices.

  72. Tackling abuse

    Liberal Democrat MP Tessa Munt raises an instance where a retired servicemen was sentenced to 30 years in prison for 23 counts of sexual abuse, and queries whether military courts should be allowed to try cases of sexual abuse like this.

    Attorney General Jeremy Wright says that in this particular case was the only way to prosecute this man was to do it via a court martial as offences took place before law had changed, and hails it as an example the court system tackling cases of historical sexual abuse.

  73. Post update


    Labour MP Bill Esterson tweets: Just told parliament prosecution for hate crime must have max priority after racist graffiti in Maghull followed tragic death of Erick Maina

  74. Hate crime

    Conservative MP Paul Uppal tells MPs that hate crimes on disabled people can be a "taboo subject" in many black and ethnic minority cultures and calls on the government to "send out a strong message" that hate crimes will not be tolerated.

    Solicitor General Robert Buckland said that all hate crimes should be treated equally, which is why the CPS has published a new disability hate crime action plan to "further improve the prosecution of disability hate crime".

  75. Review promised

    MPs are raising court cases involving their constituents where they feel sentences handed out to perpetrators were too lenient. Conservative MP Martin Vickers says that unduly lenient sentences were undermining public confidence in the court system.

    Jeremy Wright says that he will review the unduly lenient sentence scheme which allows appeal courts to review sentences deemed too short; and quash a sentence and impose a higher one.

  76. Post update


    PoliticsHome tweets: Attorney General Jeremy Wright says he's reviewing unduly lenient sentences scheme, which allows him to question sentences deemed too short.

  77. Further questions

    MPs now move to questions to the Attorney General Jeremy Wright.

    Jeremy Wright
    Image caption: Attorney General Jeremy Wright
  78. Electoral register problems

    Conservative MP Bob Blackman says that there are many EU migrants on the electoral register who think they can vote in the general election, despite not being allowed. He calls on the Deputy Prime Minister to "clean up" the electoral register.

    Nick Clegg says he is not aware of any issue with EU migrants, who can vote in the European and local elections, believing they can vote in the general election. He says he will look at the issue.

  79. Regrets?

    Labour MP Stephen Hepburn asks whether Nick Clegg regrets joining the Conservative party in coalition, due to what he calls their "war on poor people".

    Mr Clegg says everybody in the House is concerned with helping the poor. Under Labour, Mr Clegg says, unemployment increased and the gap between the rich and the poor increased.

    "That is not a record to be proud of," he says.

  80. Votes reflected

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg makes his first appearance in the chamber. Responding to a question from Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck on "English votes for English matters" Mr Clegg says there is a division in the coalition parties over the subject.

    The Liberal Democrats want to see people's votes reflected in decision making on the subject and not simply "the allocation of votes to one particular party", he says.

    Nick Clegg
  81. Concern over ECHR

    Labour MP William Bain tells MPs that the prime minister's plans to withdraw UK from European Convention on Human Rights would diminish the UK's international standing, take rights away from people and affect the devolution of powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Constitution Minister Sam Gyimah says the governments reform agenda will "satisfy all parts of the United Kingdom".

  82. City deal

    In March a £6m City Deal was announced to help small and medium-sized businesses in Southend-on-Sea to create new jobs.

    The deal, which is funded by private and public investment, will offer support to 1,350 small and medium sized businesses to attract inward investment.

  83. Southend question

    Conservative MP David Amess kicks off the day's business in the commons asking Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark about the Southend city deal.

  84. Adjournment debate

    Labour MP Robert Flello will bring the day in the House of Commons to a close with an adjournment debate on the future of Fenton Town Hall building in Stoke-on-Trent.

  85. Pub measures

    The day's main legislation will be the first day of report stage of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.

    The bill covers improved access to finance for businesses and individuals, regulatory provisions relating for business, voluntary and community bodies; procurement functions by public authorities; childcare; company filing requirements and much more.

    But today, the main focus will be on the section that creates a Pubs Code and an adjudicator to regulate the way pub-owning businesses treat tied pub tenants.

    Votes are expected to be pushed on allowing the Pubs Code to include a "Market Rent Only" option giving the tenant, or leaseholder, the option of exchanging their tenancy for an independently assessed market rent without any "tie", and exempting small family breweries with less than 500 pubs from the new code.

    A late vote is also expected at 19.00 GMT on a new measure to "name and shame" large business who fail to pay small suppliers on time.

  86. Benefit claims

    At 12.30 GMT Conservative MP Jesse Norman will table a Ten Minute Rule Bill on allowing families of 16 to 19-year-olds studying apprenticeships to claim child benefit and tax credits - as is the case if a child stays in education.

    While apprenticeships are considered work, the apprentice minimum wage is £2.73 per hour and Mr Norman will argue that the youngest and most poorly paid apprentices will often be earning less than their family could receive in benefits for them.

  87. Good morning

    Hello and welcome to our live rolling coverage of Tuesday in Parliament.

    Business begins in the Commons at 11.30 GMT, with questions to the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

    This will be followed by a half hour session of questions to the Attorney General Jeremy Wright, beginning at 12.00 GMT.