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Summary

  1. The day began in the Commons with questions to the Ministry of Defence team at 14.30 GMT.
  2. MPs passed the remaining stages of the Recall of MPs Bill after accepting three Labour amendments. The bill will now pass to the House of Lords.
  3. Labour MP Gisela Stuart led the day's adjournment debate on traffic control outside schools.
  4. In the House of Lords, Baroness Helic was introduced as a new peer during an introduction ceremony
  5. Peers then questioned ministers on a variety of subjects including Universal Credit and young entrepreneurs in the Commonwealth.
  6. The Lords then debated and approved the Wales Bill at third reading; followed by report-stage scrutiny of the Consumer Rights Bill.
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Live Reporting

By Pippa Simm and Sam Francis

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye for now

    With both chambers done for the day, it's time for us to wrap up our live coverage of Monday in Westminster.

    We'll be back at 11.15 GMT tomorrow morning to bring you all the day's events in the House of Commons and House of Lords.

    We hope to see you then.

  2. Lords finishes for the day

    House of Lords

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    Peers agree to this evening's final amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill which would allow all higher education students receiving public support access to external dispute resolution services.

    The amendment aims to allow such students at alternative higher education providers, such as Further Education colleges, access to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator - the official watchdog for higher education.

    That brings to an end today's business in the Lords.

    Peers will return on Tuesday at 14.30 GMT when the main business will be a debate on the UK's membership of the European Union.

  3. Amendment rejected

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers reject a move to outlaw the double charging of letting agents' fees to property buyers and sellers for the same service by 156 votes to 113, a government majority of 43.

  4. Consumer Rights Bill

    House of Lords

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    House of Lords
    Image caption: Peers are debating the final groupings of amendments being proposed to the Consumer Rights Bill
  5. Commons ends for the day

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    Transport Minister Robert Goodwill says that due to concerns about traffic around schools local authorities are allowed to use CCTV to help the enforcement of parking around schools, and assures Ms Stuart that these powers will remain in the future.

    And with that he draws his comments to an end, ending the day's business in the House of Commons. MPs will return tomorrow at 11.30 GMT, with questions to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his ministerial team.

    Stay with us though as peers are giving the Consumer Rights Bill report stage scrutiny in the House of Lords.

  6. Government response

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Transport Minister Robert Goodwill has been tasked with responding to the debate for the government.

    Mr Goodwill says there are already many existing schemes aimed at reducing congestion around schools, including walk to school schemes and implementing mandatory "keep clear" areas around schools.

  7. Parental difficulties

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Recalling a time when she was verbally abused by a parent she had asked to move, Gisela Stuart tells MPs that many parents are not "amenable to reasonable conversations" and calls for police community support officers to be allowed to issue parking tickets around schools to improve the policing of parking.

  8. School parking restrictions

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Labour MP Gisela Stuart wants restrictions on traffic and parking around schools to be tightened. She tells MPs that many parents driving to schools are endangering students by creating obstructions when they park outside.

  9. Recall Bill clears Commons

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The Recall of MPs Bill passes it third reading with a unanimous vote by MPs in the chamber, meaning it will now pass to the House of Lords.

    MPs now turn their attention to the final business in the House of Commons: an adjournment debate on traffic controls outside schools, led by Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston Gisela Stuart.

    Business in the House is now expected to conclude around 20.15 GMT.

  10. What is third reading?

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Third reading is the final review of the contents of the bill and debate is limited to the contents of the bill as it stands.

    Third readings tend to be quiet valedictory affairs where the front benches and MPs involved in the drafting of the bill look back at its progress through the House.

    Given the controversial nature of this bill, however, expect some parting shots form MPs who feel the bill is a "missed opportunity" to give the public more power over recalling their MPs.

  11. Report stage completed

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs complete report-stage examination of the Recall of MPs Bill without the need for a vote and now turn their attention to the bill's final stage in the Commons, the third reading.

  12. New amendments being debated

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    After all that voting excitement, MPs are now debating a series of amendments aimed at clearing up some of the "awkward" wording - in the eyes of Lib Dem Julian Huppert - in the bill.

  13. Follow-up amendment

    House of Commons

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    MPs have passed a technical follow-up amendment to the previous Labour amendment - stay with me here - on recalling MPs found guilty of parliamentary expenses abuse, setting out when a recall petition may be triggered if an MP is found guilty.

    Under the terms of the amendment, MPs found guilty of abusing their expenses before the Recall of MPs Bill comes into force could still have petitions moved against them once the bill become an Act.

    The amendment was passed by 236 votes to 65, a majority of 171.

  14. Amendment passed

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    MPs have voted in favour of an amendment which would mean an MP's conviction for parliamentary expenses abuse would automatically trigger a recall.

    Tabled by shadow deputy leader of the house Thomas Docherty, the amendment was agreed to by 281 votes to 2, a majority of 279.

  15. Another Lib Dem amendment rejected

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs have voted to reject Julian Huppert's amendment to include a clause allowing MPs to be recalled if they are found guilty of misconduct in a public office.

    This amendment does not require 500 constituents to sign a petition to bring the case before a court.

    MPs rejected the proposal by 193 votes to 119, a government majority of 74.

  16. Labour amendment accepted

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs have voted to allow recall to be triggered where an MP is suspended from the House for 10 days (the bill currently specifies 21 days) and only if the suspension is as a result of a report from the Commons Standards Committee.

    MPs accepted the Labour-tabled amendment by 204 votes to 125, a majority of 79.

  17. Post update

    Greg Mulholland MP tweets: Astonished & disgusted that a majority of MPs voted against a public trigger for #recall in the #RecallBill put forward by @julianhuppert.

  18. Lib Dem amendment rejected

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    MPs have emphatically rejected former Deputy Commons Leader David Heath's amendment to allow voters to force a by-election through bringing an MP before an Election Court on charges Misconduct in Public Office if 500 constituents sign a petition.

    The House voted against the measure by 271 votes to 64, a government majority of 207.

    During the debate several MPs registered concerns over transposing the common law charge of Misconduct in a Public Office - normally heard against other public officials such as police officers - into statute law specifically targeted at MPs.

  19. 'Norms and standards'

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    Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg says that Mark Durkan's amendment "fundamentally misunderstands" the current oath taken by MPs.

    Subscribing to the current oath is an indication that an MP will behave properly in office and bring about laws that reflect the "norms and standards of the country as they currently exist", he says.

  20. Criticism of Lib Dem amendment

    House of Commons

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    Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg says he came into the debate undecided on how to vote and adds that he welcomes the fact there is no whip on today's votes.

    He criticises the amendment moved by Julian Huppert, which he says takes the decision away from the electorate by introducing a third party - the courts - in trying to determine what are "fundamentally political" decisions.

    This is a "complete negation" of what the bill is trying to achieve, he argues.

  21. 'Difficult situation'

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    Labour MP Chris Bryant says that while he supports the amendment moved by Julian Huppert he is concerned about a number of terms included in it.

    Bringing common law terms into statute law can lead to a "difficult situation for courts and judges to create decisions around" as it weakens the "steer from government".

  22. Free vote allowed

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    Responding to the Labour-tabled amendments, Greg Clark tells MPs that the government will not be backing the proposals because they could reduce the scope of the Standards Committee to punish MPs who they feel do not deserve to be recalled.

    Under the amendment moved by Liberal Democrat Julian Huppert an Election Court finding an MP guilty of 'Misconduct in Public Office' would trigger the recall procedure.

    Mr Clarke tells MPs that 'Misconduct in a Public Office' is a common law offence which has not developed in Scotland.

    The uncertainty over the exact meaning of misconduct as applied to MPs and the role of election courts in the new process could lead to multiple complications, Mr Clark warns.

    He also argues that SDLP MP Mark Durkan's amendments would "overlap" with the existing system of policing MPs' conduct in the House, and are therefore unnecessary.

    Despite the government's objections it will the government will be allowing a free vote on these amendments.

  23. Government's position

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    Cabinet Minister Greg Clark
    Image caption: Cabinet Minister Greg Clark setting out the government's opposition to the amendments
  24. Government response

    Cabinet Office Minister Greg Clark is now responding to the debate for the government.

    He opens his comments by saying that the government believes the bill, as it stands, "meets fully and faithfully" the commitment made by both coalition partners in their manifestos to allow constituents to kick out misbehaving MPs.

  25. Labour's amendments

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    Shadow deputy leader of the House Thomas Docherty sets out Labour's proposed amendments to the bill.

    They would allow recall to be triggered where an MP is suspended from the House for 10 days (the bill currently specifies 21 days), only if the suspension is as a result of a report from the Commons Standards Committee.

    Currently the Speaker can suspend MPs for longer than that for misbehaviour in the chamber.

    A separate amendment would establish a precedent where a conviction for parliamentary expenses abuse would automatically trigger recall.

    Thomas Docherty
  26. 'Collective proverbials'

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    Zac Goldsmith calls on MPs to reject the current bill, which he calls an "insult to voters" and a "placebo".

    During the last debate MPs voted "against real recall", Mr Goldsmith says, and explains that the reason he has not brought forward any more amendments is because he feels the House is "not ready" for real recall.

    He goes on to say that "the establishment's refusal to share power means ultimately it will lose this power".

    Reform, he adds, is "inevitable" but he says that the country will have to wait until the House of Commons "grows the collective proverbials to do the right thing".

  27. New pledge proposal

    Mark Durkan
    Image caption: Mark Durkan says the pledge he is proposing will lead to MPs affirming that they will abide by the code of conduct for members of Parliament and the "seven standards of public life" on entering parliament
  28. 'No friends'

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    Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith, whose rival plan to allow recall referendums if 5% of voters in a constituency sign a "notice of intent to recall" and 20% then sign a "recall petition" was rejected last month, says the government's bill still has "no friends" in the chamber.

    Mr Goldsmith, whose plans would have excluded Parliament's Standards Committee from any role in determining whether errant MPs should face re-election, says that the bill offers recall in "only the narrowest of circumstances" and with the agreement of MPs.

    He tells MPs that the bill has been "savagely criticised by every single pressure group."

  29. Call for new pledge

    House of Commons

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    SDLP MP Mark Durkan is moving an amendment which proposes to introduce a new pledge for MPs requiring them to uphold the standards of public life with "selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership" and the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament .

    It would mean that complaints of a significant breach of that oath by at least 500 constituents would start the recall process.

    Mr Durkan says it is important to create "a basis on which MPs are actually subscribing to the possibility of recall from the very beginning" and acknowledging that they are subject to scrutiny from their constituents.

    He claims many MPs don't believe the current oath that they are made to swear when they enter the House of Commons, which pledges allegiance to the Crown. Forcing MPs to recite words they do not believe in as their very first act does "nothing to enhance the reputation of the House of Commons", Mr Durkan argues.

    The amendment will be debated as part of a larger group.

  30. Power to the judges?

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    Former Conservative Cabinet Minister John Redwood intervenes, alleging that the amendment will run contrary to the bill's intended aim of putting the power of recall in the hands of people, as it would instead put the power of recall in the hands of judges.

    Dr Huppert says that the process begins with "500 people" and ends with "15% of the public having to make the final decision".

  31. @ayestotheright

    Tony Grew ‏tweets: Something is afoot. Reckless, Zac and Carswell having an animated chat on the 'Ukip bench' probably #recall bill tactics

  32. Election Court

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    Liberal Democrat MP Julian Huppert says the proposal to allow a petition signed by 500 constituents to bring an MP before an Election Court - in order to kick off the recall process for misbehaving MPs - would be "in addition to" other proposals in the bill.

    Under current proposals an MP could be recalled if they are convicted of an offence and get a sentence of 12 months or less, or if the House of Commons authorities suspend them for at least 21 sitting days.

    If one of these conditions is met, and 10% of voters in the MP's constituency sign a recall petition, the seat will become vacant and a by-election held.

  33. Amendment mover

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    Julian Huppert
    Image caption: Julian Huppert is tabling an amendment on behalf of his Liberal Democrat colleague David Heath who is not in the chamber today
  34. Recall of MPs Bill

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    The point of order procedure exhausted, report-stage scrutiny of the Recall of MPs Bill can now get underway.

    Report stage is an opportunity to consider further amendments following committee stage - and for new amendments to be proposed.

    Lib Dem Julian Huppert kicks off the debate as he moves his party's amendment proposing a system to allow voters to attempt to force a by-election if the Election Court agrees there is a case that their MP has met the criteria for the long standing offence of Misconduct in Public Office.

    The controversial part of the proposal is that a petition to bring the issue to the Court would only require 500 signatures - too low in some people's view.

  35. Welsh devolution

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    Parliament

    The Wales Bill is the latest in a series of adjustments to devolution in Wales.

    It aims to introduce important new powers to expand the competence of the Assembly into financial matters by devolving stamp duty, land tax and landfill tax.

    The bill allows for a referendum on devolving some income tax based on the findings of the independent Holtham Commission and the Silk Commission.

    A cross-party group of peers, led by the government's Welsh affairs spokesman Baroness Randerson, has tabled an amendment to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in such a referendum - based on comments from several peers about the number of young people who registered to vote in the Scottish Independence referendum.

  36. Gallant MPs?

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    Labour MP Barry Sheerman seems to have started a mini debate through the point of order procedure on House traditions of naming MPs, in particular what is required for members to be called "gallant".

  37. Points of Order

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    The hour-long question session with defence ministers is over, and attention will turn to examination of the government's Recall of MPs Bill - but not before MPs raise several points of order with the Speaker.

    Labour MP Kevin Jones uses the procedure to criticise the Home Office's response to his questions on the number of Libyan service personnel training in the UK who have sought asylum.

    Speaker John Bercow notes that it is not a point of order - and suggests that "in the parliamentary sense, he should nag" the government, through parliamentary questions for example.

    Lib Dem Julian Huppert follows with his own point of order to call for shadow health secretary Andy Burnham to "correct the record" on comments over Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire.

    The Speaker remarks that there seems to be a running dispute between the two MPs, and says it would be "unseemly for me to intrude" in that argument.

  38. Defeating Islamic State

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    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon stresses that Islamic State can only be defeated in Iraq and Syria.

    He says the UK supports US air strikes in Syria and is looking at what more can be done to train "moderate Syrian elements" outside the country itself.

  39. Don't panic!

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    There have been a few Dad's Army references during today's defence questions - first begun by the Labour frontbench.

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon continues the theme, responding to Labour MP Barry Sheerman's criticisms of the government with: "Stupid boy."

  40. Wales Bill

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    Peers now move to the third reading of the Wales Bill.

    Unlike third readings in the House of Commons amendments can still be tabled in the Lords - provided that the matter has not already been sufficiently debated and voted upon in previous stages.

    The remaining matter outstanding in today's debate is votes at 16 at any referendum on Welsh tax devolution.

  41. Topical questions

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    That's an end to the tabled questions to government ministers - meaning the floor is now open to MPs to raise matters of a topical nature with the Ministry of Defence front bench team.

  42. Entrepreneurs in the Caribbean

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    Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Benjamin says more opportunities are needed for young entrepreneurs in the Caribbean.

    She asks how much priority the Department for International Development gives to encouraging entrepreneurship in the Caribbean and what is being done to improve links between UK business schools and Caribbean countries.

    Foreign Office Minister Lord Wallace of Saltaire says these are not matters for DfID, but adds that there are many UK Trade and Investment and British Council programmes that cover the Caribbean.

  43. Army 2020

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    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is now fielding questions on the Army 2020 programme.

    This is a five-year programme to restructure the British Armed Forces, which will see regular Army numbers cut from 12,000 to 82,000 by 2020.

    The government plans to double the number of Army Reserves to 30,000.

    Mr Fallon tells MPs the programme is "on track" and will deliver the "adaptable" and "flexible" force the country needs/.

  44. Block to child protection?

    House of Lords

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    Former Deputy leader of the House of Lords and Justice Minister Lord McNally accuses the Home Office of an "over commitment to statistics" which is blocking necessary reforms to improve child protection in the justice system.

    Homes Office Minister Lord Bates says he is not aware of any issue around statistics and says proposals championed by Lord McNally "feed into" work already being carried out by the home secretary.

  45. Fight against IS

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon tells MPs that since Parliament voted to authorise military strikes against IS militants in Iraq, the RAF has flown 139 missions, gathering intelligence, providing surveillance and striking 37 targets.

    He adds that training and equipment is already being supplied to the Kurdish forces, with plans to provide further infantry and training.

  46. Care of children

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    Parliament

    Labour peer Baroness Massey of Darwen asks what is being done to improve collaboration between police and child services at a local and national level to improve the care of children.

    Home Office Minister Lord Bates says the government is looking at the way information sharing can be improved; and has established a centre of excellence in information sharing and multiagency information hubs aimed at protecting children.

  47. More Reserves questions

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    Julian Brazier is at the despatch box once again to field more questions on the Army Reserves.

    In 2010, the government produced the country's first large-scale strategic defence and security review since 1998.

    It set out the future shape and size of Britain's armed forces, including a reduction in the size of the regular Army from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2018, with a doubling of the Reserves to 30,000.

  48. Afghanistan inquiry

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    Labour MP and anti-war campaigner Paul Flynn calls for an inquiry in to the Afghanistan war.

    Defence Minister Mark Francois, responding, says the UK has been learning tactical lessons from its operations in Afghanistan, and that it will want to look at the "broader lessons" also.

    He adds that "no decisions" have yet been taken on any review: "In making such a decision on a review the government will wish to learn how best any improvements could be made both quickly and practically."

    The last UK combat troops left Afghanistan in October this year, ending 13 years of combat operations there.

  49. Universal Credit

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    Parliament

    Labour peer Lord Mackenzie of Luton accuses the government of introducing its flagship welfare system Universal Credit at a "painfully slow" rate.

    He asks for figures on the number of households receiving Universal Credit in the private rented sector, specifically asking how this has affected the number of people falling into rent arrears.

    Welfare Minister Lord Freud says there are not figures on the number of households in receipt of the housing element of Universal Credit. But he says the number of people in arrears has reduced from 16% to 12%.

  50. Post update

    @SalBrinton

    Lib Dem peer SalBrinton tweets: .@EricAvebury asks Minister if Gvt will condemn the Sri Lankan Gvt refusal to allow UNHRC team visas to investigate human rights breaches.

  51. Tamil Tigers organisation

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    Conservative peer Lord Naseby kicks off the day's oral question session the House of Lords asking about the European Court of Justice's decision to remove the Tamil Tigers from its list of terrorist organisations - and calls on the government to intervene with and stop an upcoming rally to celebrate the life of the leader of the group Velupillai Prabhakaran.

    Foreign Office Spokesman Lord Wallace of Saltaire says the courts' decision was based on procedural grounds but the UK condemns the Tamil Tigers, who remain proscribed under UK law. He says he'd be surprised if the police were not already aware of the rally.

  52. Combatting IS

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    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is now being questioned on efforts to combat Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria.

    Mr Fallon says the UK is the second largest contributor to the international coalition against IS, including providing surveillance, intelligence gathering, strike missions and supply of arms.

    He says IS's advance has been halted but adds that it will be a "huge challenge" for Iraqi and Kurdish authorities to push IS back out of the territory they have gained.

  53. Injustice 'righted'

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    Sir Gerald Howarth welcomes the rule changes on war widows pensions, which he says are of "huge benefit" and have "righted an injustice".

  54. Widows' pensions

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    We're on to the next question now, on war widows pensions, which comes from Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen.

    Earlier this month the Ministry of Defence announced that rules which denied about 4,000 war widows and widowers a military pension are to be changed next year.

    From April 2015, those who "remarry, cohabit or form a civil partnership" would be entitled to the pension for life.

    Under current rules some have to surrender their survivor's pension.

  55. New peer

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    Arminka Helic, the Bosnian-born former chief of staff to William Hague when he was Foreign Secretary, is being introduced to the House of Lords.

    She will take the title Baroness Helic and will be the third Conservative Muslim woman peer.

    Baroness Helic
    Image caption: Arminka Helic, foreign policy expert, is being introduced to the House of Lords
  56. Post update

    ‏@GemmaWDMP

    Labour MP Gemma Doyle tweets: Fallon hiding behind one of his junior Ministers on Reserve numbers failure. Should have answered himself #defenceQs

  57. Future gaps?

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    Vernon Coaker, shadow defence secretary, further presses the point - and says a clear plan is needed to address concerns about "future gaps" in armed forces capability.

    The minister, Julian Brazier, says the premise of Mr Coaker's question is "wrong", and insists that Reserves numbers will "go on increasing".

  58. Post update

    ‏@ZacGoldsmith

    Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith tweets: Today the mainstream parties will again demonstrate zero willingness to share power with voters & they will move closer to losing it #Recall

  59. Signing up

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    Reserves Minister Julian Brazier tells MPs the government's programme to expand the Reserves is "on track".

    However, Toby Perkins says it is "extremely worrying" there is a "net increase of just 20 reserves", and asks why the £2m spent on advertising hasn't led to the extra Reservists that we "desperately need".

    Mr Brazier responds by telling MPs that 2,077 new Reservists signed up in the six months to September - an increase of "61%" compared to the same period last year.

  60. First question

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    And we're off. Toby Perkins, the Labour MP for Chesterfield, is asking the first question - on reserve recruitment.

  61. Introduction

    House of Lords

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    Before that the first business in the House of Lords is the introduction of a new peer - Baroness Helic, the former chief of staff to William Hague, when he was Foreign Secretary.

    This will be followed immediately by the daily oral question session including questions on: the European Court of Justice decision to extended the freezing of assets placed on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (commonly known as the Tamil Tigers), the housing element of Universal Credit, children and the police, and encouraging links with young entrepreneurs in the Caribbean and across the Commonwealth.

  62. Lords business

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    The main business in the House of Lords will be the consideration of two bills.

    At around 15.30 GMT peers will give the Wales Bill its third reading; its final stage in the House of Lords before being sent back to the House of Commons to allow MPs to consider peers' amendments to the bill.

    After that, peers turn to the second report stage day on the Consumer Rights Bill, where the main issues include the government proposal to require 48 hour notice periods for trading standards visits; and Labour proposals on housing issues like extra protection for tenants' rental deposits by placing a duty on lettings and management agents to use money protection schemes (a separate account), double charging of both landlords and tenants for the same service, and banning letting agents fees.

  63. Adjournment debate

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    The day in the House of Commons will end with an adjournment debate on traffic controls outside schools, led by Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, Gisela Stuart.

  64. Amendments to Recall Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The day's main legislation in the House of Commons is the Recall of MPs Bill.

    Following the demise of the Zac Goldsmith's amendment to reduce parliament's role in the recalling of misbehaving MPs a number of alternatives have been tabled.

    Former deputy Leader of the Commons, David Heath, is suggesting a system allowing voters to force a by-election if an Election Court agrees that their MP has met the criteria for the long standing offence of 'Misconduct in Public Office'. Under the amendment voters could bring the issue to the Court with a petition of 500 signatures.

    Shadow Deputy Leader of the House Thomas Docherty is proposing to allow recall to be triggered where an MP is suspended from the House for 10 days (the bill currently specifies 21 days) and only if the suspension is as a result of a report from the Commons Standards Committee - that's because the Speaker can suspend MPs for longer than that for misbehaviour in the Chamber. And he's also proposing that a conviction for parliamentary expenses abuse would automatically trigger recall.

    SDLP MP Mark Durkan has tabled a series of amendment setting out an MP's pledge: "I solemnly undertake that, in the course of my duties as a Member of Parliament and service to my constituency, I shall act in adherence with the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament and uphold the standards of public life with selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership"; and making complaints of a significant breach of that oath by at least 500 constituents a way of starting the recall process.

    All three proposals are expected to go through.

  65. Defence questions

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    Today's business in the House of Commons begins with questions to Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and his ministerial team.

    Debate during today's question session is expected to focus on the government's drive to recruit army reservists - which has recently come in for criticism after MoD figures revealed reservists numbers rose by only 400 last year - and efforts to combat Islamic State.

  66. Good afternoon

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Monday in Parliament.

    Today's business in both houses is due to begin at 14.30 GMT.