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Summary

  1. The day in the Commons began at 09.30 GMT with the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill at report stage.
  2. MPs spent Friday debating private members' bills.
  3. Peers met at 10am to debate the role of soft power and non-military options in conflict prevention: a debate proposed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    House of Lords

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    After a long and interesting debate on soft power in conflict resolution, the House of Lords has finished for the week.

    We hope that you have enjoyed today's coverage from the Houses of Parliament - we will be back next week on Monday with both Houses fired up for another week in Westminster.

  2. Thanks to peers

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    Image caption: The Archbishop of Canterbury is thanking peers for their contributions to the debate
  3. Drawing to a close

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    The Archbishop of Canterbury is winding up the debate on soft power in the Lords.

    Archbishop Welby says that listening to the contributions to the debate today was rather like "handing in your homework at school and finding all your teachers simultaneously examining you".

  4. Government position

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    Image caption: Lord Wallace of Saltaire says that soft power can only be achieved through multilateral actions in the modern world.
  5. Summing up

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    Lord Wallace of Saltaire is responding to the debate on behalf of the government in the House of Lords.

    Lord Wallace agrees with many peers that the reality of modern conflicts and ideological battles requires the promotion of a positive narrative rather than traditional "hard power" in order to prevail.

    Lord Wallace argues that in order to do this effectively, we need to now have a debate on our own national narrative.

  6. Calls for advisers

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    Image caption: Baroness Morgan supports the call for "top flight advisers" in the Foreign Office on cultural, ethnic and religious sensitivities around the world.
  7. Farewell to the MPs

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    And that's the end of the day - and the week - in the House of Commons. MPs will be back on Monday afternoon. But stick with us as the Lords wrap up their debate.

  8. Government response

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    Communities and Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins is responding to Diane Abbott's debate on economic growth in London.

    Mr Hopkins says that the measures introduced by Boris Johnson and by the central government have helped the economic growth of London, such as support for SMEs, investment by the London Enterprise Panel, and the £1,000 business relief put in place by the government in 2014-15.

  9. Wrapping up in the Lords

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    Baroness Morgan of Ely is wrapping up the debate on soft power and non-military options in conflict prevention for the Opposition.

    Baroness Morgan is making the case for internationalism, saying that due to the ever-closer ties between us and our international partners, their prosperity and security is as essential to us as it is to them.

  10. Personal cause

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    Diane Abbott says that as a Londoner born and bred - and having thrown her hat into the ring for the Labour nomination for Mayor of London - economic growth in London is an issue that is very close to her heart.

    Ms Abbott is referring to many issues in her speech, including travel costs, housing costs, and the wealth gap in London.

  11. London issues

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    Image caption: Diane Abbott is speaking about issues relating to the economic growth of London
  12. Final debate of the day

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    All good things must come to an end. We move now to the last item of business, Diane Abbott's adjournment debate on economic growth in London.

  13. Time's up...

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    Image caption: Mr Chope speaks briefly to his bill, but not briefly enough. The debate is cut short as we reach the 2.30pm cut off point.
  14. Third bill of the day

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    We now move on to the third private member's bill of the day, much to the surprise of the bill's proposer Christopher Chope.

    It is the Convicted Prisoners Voting Bill and MPs are debating it at second reading.

  15. Voices raised

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    And the bill passes at third reading! The House of Commons has sent another piece of legislation through to the Lords on the road to becoming legislation.

  16. Praise for the bill

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    David Amess's bill looks like it has a good chance of passing third reading, as the shadow minister has given her full support for the measures and we are now on the government wind up of the debate.

    Home Office minister James Brokenshire has nothing but words of praise for the bill.

  17. What's the bill about?

    House of Commons
    Image caption: Mr Amess's bill seeks to make a specific offence of supplying specialist printing equipment knowing its use is for criminal purposes.
  18. Third reading of next bill

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    And now we move on to the third reading of David Amess's Specialist Printing Equipment and Materials (Offences) Bill.

  19. Post update

    @justinforsyth

    Save the Children CEO Justin Forsyth tweets: Watching the live vote in the House of Commons on the #aid bill. Feel so proud to be British. Well done to our MPs #turnupsavelives

  20. And it's through

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    Ayes: 146, Noes: 5 - the bill passes third reading with a majority of 141 votes.

    The International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill now moves on to the sunny pastures of the House of Lords where the whole process begins again.

  21. What's the result?

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    Ayes: 145. Noes: 5. That vote means that the debate on the bill has finished in the Commons, and MPs will vote to read the bill a third time.

    And that means MPs divide again.

  22. Religious soft power

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    Baroness Berridge speaks about the role of religious soft power in conflict prevention, citing the example of the Central African Republic where she says the Catholic Archbishop has given sanctuary in his own home to the country's lead Imam.

    She asks the minister to outline what assessment has been made of the religious understanding of civil servants across government, and whether there was a strategic plan to address any gaps in this knowledge.

  23. Division!

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    And once again, there is a call for a closure motion on the third reading of the bill. MPs now divide.

    If successful this would bring the debate to an end.

    The result of the division is expected at 14.05 GMT.

    After this, MPs will vote on the third reading of the bill. So there's a little way to go yet before the adjournment debate at 14.30 GMT.

  24. Next speaker

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    Image caption: Baroness Berridge speaks about religious soft power in the debate
  25. Christian message

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    The Bishop of Derby is advocating the work of Christian Aid in some of the most difficult locations in the world, including in Colombia and Israel/Palestine.

    The Bishop says that soft power will often work through a number of small engagements that add up to something larger over time.

    He calls the teaching of Jesus to love your enemies the "great text of soft power".

  26. Bill 'inadequate'

    Jacob Rees-Mogg stands to outline his reasons to oppose the bill; he explains that he feels the bill is inadequate in dealing with the poverty outlined in the speech by the shadow secretary for international affairs, Mary Creagh.

  27. 'Narrative of hope'

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    Image caption: The Bishop of Derby argues that soft power needs to be supported by a narrative of hope.
  28. Plenty of speakers

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    Image caption: With 10 peers left to speak, the debate is still well attended.
  29. BBC praised again

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    BBC International Trustee, Lord Williams of Baglan is praising the work of the BBC world service and its "courageous and outstanding" journalists.

    Lord Williams says that the service faces serious problems in meeting its many needs with reduced resources.

  30. Post update

    @DArcyTiP

    Mark D'Arcy

    Parliamentary correspondent

    BTW it's worth pointing out that while main opposition to Ind Devpt Bill came from Con backbenchers far more Con MPs voted FOR it today

  31. Conservative and UKIP agreement

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    Following UKIP's Mark Reckless' speech, Conservative MP Christopher Chope stands. He tells MPs that he largely agrees with Mr Reckless' concerns about international aid and the bill before the House.

  32. ECHR risks

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    Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead asks the minister if any risk assessment has been undertaken by the government of the effects of leaving the European Convention on Human Rights.

    Baroness Kinnock argues that the move could harm the UK's ability to exert soft power on human rights.

  33. And elsewhere...

    ‏@naughtiej

    BBC's James Naughtie tweets: Looking forward to revisiting the Thorpe Affair on @BBCRadio2 with @paddy_o_c in a few minutes. Memories, memories.

  34. Soft power 'preferable' to the alternative

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    Image caption: Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead says soft power is arduous, painstaking and heavy with risk - but much preferable to the alternatives
  35. British education praised

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    Lord Cormack joins with several other peers in his praise for the role of British universities in promoting British values to foreign students.

    Lord Cormack says that there is no better ambassador for British values than someone who has studied in the UK and returns to their country having embraced our values.

  36. Lord Hylton's speech

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    Image caption: Lord Hylton speaks about the need for grassroots organisations to combat poverty and division around the world.
  37. Investment needed

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    Lord Hylton speaks about the need for both domestic and foreign investment in large infrastructure projects in the Middle East and North Africa to provide hope and prosperity to vulnerable people in the region.

  38. Third reading reached

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    In the vote on new clause 7: ayes to the right 4; noes to the left 145.

    The noes have it. So another clause falls.

    And that means that consideration of clauses has finished and Lib Dem MP Michael Moore stands up to say how delighted he is that MPs have reached third reading.

  39. Admiration for the BBC

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    Lord West of Spithead warns that we live in an "extremely chaotic and highly dangerous world" that is likely to become even more so in the coming decades as the world's increasing population compete for resources.

    In this context, he says that soft power is more vital than ever, although it must also be mirrored by the availability of hard power.

    Lord West has words of admiration for the BBC World Service, calling it "an exemplar of British values" and that it is hard to overestimate its worth in conflict prevention and promoting our values.

  40. Another vote...and another

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    The result on new clause 5: ayes to the right 4; the noes to the left 147. So clause 5 also falls.

    But there's clause 7 to vote on now. Off they go again.

  41. The result's in

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    New clause 1 fails. (The ayes six; the noes 148.) Now MPs are voting on new clause 5.

    And MPs present make their ways to one of the two lobbies...

  42. Post update

    @BarryGardiner

    Barry Gardiner MP ‏tweets: Vote was 146 to 6 And we will now spend a further hour voting against each of the anti-aid-6's silly amendments! But that's democracy!

  43. Praise for British Council

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    Lord Alton of Liverpool is the first peer to speak from the crossbenches and joins in the praise of the work of the British Council around the world.

    He agrees with other peers that work should be done within the diasporas within the UK of countries that we wish to influence towards progressive change.

  44. Closure motion passed

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    The vote just taken means that the closure motion has passed - and MPs will now vote on the substance of today's debate itself: this time on new clause 1.

  45. Order, order!

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    The ayes to the right 146, the noes to the left six.

    The ayes have it.

  46. Role of religion

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    Image caption: Lord Parekh says that religion can be used to end conflicts, rather than just cause them.
  47. Post update

    @DArcyTiP

    Mark D'Arcy

    Parliamentary correspondent

    Closure Motion! MPs voting to end debate and move to report stage vote on Int Devpt Bill. Needs 100+ Yes Votes (&majority, of course)

  48. Clear the lobby

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    A division!

    An intervention in Jacob Rees-Mogg's speech that "the question be now put" (a closure motion) means that MPs divide to vote on report stage of the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill.

  49. Post update

    @julianhuppert

    Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert tweets: Davies spoke for 1h 15 mins. Now Rees-Mogg takes over the filibuster ... #PMB

  50. Questions use of 'soft power'

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    Lord Parekh questions the terminology of "soft power" as it is still focussed on a pursuit of power, and suggests that the aim is the same as that of hard power, just with different methods.

  51. Still speaking

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    Image caption: Still going strong - Philip Davies crosses the hour mark with his remarks, but his speech is drawing to a close...
  52. Post update

    ‏@timsculthorpe

    Press Association's Tim Sculthorpe tweets: Philip Davies in grovelling apology to Dawn Primarolo for what I'm told were pretty uncourteous comments last week. His filibuster past 60m.

  53. UK resources

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    Lord Boateng reminds peers that the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill is being debated in the other place as he speaks.

    He speaks about the need for resources to be available if the UK's soft power is to have any effect on the ground.

  54. Soft power 'requires courage'

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    Image caption: Lord Boateng says that soft power tools are not "soft options", they are tough and require courage, he says
  55. Culture power

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    Lord Wei says that soft power also depends on how values and cultural artefacts are promoted to the world.

    He warns against politicians making statements for a domestic audience that will play out badly overseas.

  56. MPs listening

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    Conservative MP Philip Davies has dominated the debate in the Chamber for the past half hour, as he continues to examine clauses relating to the bill.

    There are still MPs on the green benches listening; but not many interventions, other than from Mr Davies's colleague Conservative MP Christopher Chope.

    MPs in the Commons
  57. Learning from others

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    Baroness Williams says that to be effective in soft power you have to show some humility.

    This means, she says, not just extending our own education, but learning from other countries too.

  58. 'No Cold War'

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    Image caption: Baroness Williams warns against a "foolish" resumption of the Cold War
  59. Praise for Prince Charles

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    Baroness Williams praises the "astonishing" contribution of the Prince of Wales to the UK's soft power through providing opportunities for young people in the Commonwealth.

  60. UK soft power tools

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    Lord Anderson of Swansea lists the FCO, DfID, the British Council, and the BBC as the UK's main soft power tools.

    He says the British Council made great contributions to the black community in Apartheid South Africa; and he recounts a story about his host in the middle of the Sahara desert being alerted by an alarm on his watch that the One o'clock news was coming on the BBC World Service.

    He says his host called it "the purest Arabic he had ever heard".

    Lord Anderson also claims that Manchester United have more fans in China than the membership of the Chinese Communist Party.

  61. Post update

    ‏@Pauline_Latham

    Conservative MP Pauline Latham tweets: Sitting in the Chamber waiting to vote for 0.7% to be spent on overseas aid. That is just 70pence out of every £100 of government spend.

  62. British values around the world

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    Lord Howell cites an argument that promoting British values does not address the immediate problems of impoverished people around the world - "you can't eat the rule of law".

    Lord Howell refutes this idea saying that values develop trust, trust inspires confidence, confidence promotes investment, and investment provides prosperity.

  63. Making case for soft power

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    Image caption: Lord Howell of Guildford makes the case for soft power in the modern world
  64. People power

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    The chair of the Committee on Soft Power and the UK's Influence, Lord Howell of Guildford rises to speak next in the debate.

    Lord Howell says that the world is no longer made up of armies and states with clear declarations of war, but the "massive involvement of peoples and networks in constant conflict".

    In these conditions, says Lord Howell, the biggest army does not win, but the best narrative and the cleverest communications techniques will have the day.

  65. 'No credit'

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    Shipley MP Philip Davies tells MPs in the Chamber that he is disappointed that the minister and the Labour spokesman have spoken to the amendments so swiftly; and that is does neither of them credit.

    He is now elaborating on the amendments he supports.

  66. Cantering through

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    International Development Minister Desmond Swayne is addressing the House following Labour spokesman Gavin Shuker - it appears as though both front benches are determined to dismiss the amendments as fast as possible.

  67. Rise of IS

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    The Archbishop speaks about the rise of ISIL - also known as Islamic State or IS - as an ideological and theological struggle that "cannot be won by violence but has to be won by the development of a new narrative", that can only be achieved by soft power.

  68. Praise for committee work

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    Archbishop Welby praises the work of the select committee on soft power and the UK's influence and their report Persuasion and power in the modern world.

  69. Post update

    Mark D'Arcy

    Parliamentary correspondent

    @gavinshuker galoping thru Lab response to amdts to Int Dev Bill - expect will be as quick as possible!

  70. Bishops benches

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    Image caption: The Archbishop of Canterbury introduces the debate on the role of soft power
  71. Mandela remembered

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    The Archbishop reminds the House that it is a year to the day since the death of Nelson Mandela - "an illustration of soft power executed through virtue".

  72. Successful visit

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    The Archbishop of Canterbury opens the debate in the Lords today on the role of soft power and non-military actions in conflict prevention.

    The Most Rev Justin Welby tells the House that he has just finished a tour of the 37 provinces of the Anglican Communion, joking that he finished one of the "most difficult and dangerous" legs last week - in Edinburgh.

    The tour contributed research towards the debate before the House, he says.

  73. Present and correct

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    Image caption: The Conservative Friday backbench regulars are sat in their usual places in the Commons chamber.
  74. Debate about to start

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    At the other end of the Palace of Westminster, the House of Lords are about to sit for a debate on the role of soft power and non-military actions in conflict prevention.

    The debate has been tabled by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

  75. Campaigning hard

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    The Turn Up, Save Lives campaign has collected a coalition of MPs from across the House, who have pledged to support the bill at report stage.

    According to the campaign's website 94 MPs have so far pledged to support the bill.

    Last week Sarah Teather's Tenancies (Reform) Bill was talked out by some MPs, after a closure motion on the debate failed due to not enough MPs taking part in the vote.

  76. Post update

    @William_Bain

    Labour MP William Bain tweets: Good number of MPs in Parliament today to help put 0.7% GDP commitment on development spending into law #turnupsavelives

  77. Waving a wad

    Sir Peter Bottomley
    Image caption: Sir Peter Bottomley uses the contents of his wallet to illustrate his point as he intervenes
  78. How much?

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    Veteran Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley intervenes on David Nuttall early on to defend the bill with £100 in cash in his hand - reminding the House that the bill sought to commit 70p out of every £100 once a year, to "those who would use it well".

    Sir Peter also comments that it was important to note that "some Conservatives - probably most" supported the bill, and did not want to see it delayed.

  79. Post update

    Mark D'Arcy

    Parliamentary correspondent

    Then Chris Chope moves sending @MichaelMooreMP Int Dev Bill back to Ctee. Spkr not having that either.. So Rep Stage debate starts... slowly

  80. Post update

    Mark D'Arcy

    Parliamentary correspondent

    Here we go! Cmns holds usual pointless ritual Friday vote to sit in private. Speaker doesn't allow 20 mins waste time on that

  81. What is the bill?

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    MPs are debating Lib Dem MP Michael Moore's International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill at report stage.

    The bill aims to put into legislation the target of spending at least 0.7% of national income on aid and would create a new body to carry out independent evaluation of aid spending.

    The bill received second reading on 12 September 2014.

  82. Good morning

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    Hello and welcome to today's coverage of events in Westminster. The House of Commons sits from 09.30 GMT. MPs spend sitting Fridays debating private members' bills - and today is no exception.

    First on the order paper is Lib Dem MP Michael Moore's International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill, which will be examined at report stage.