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Live Reporting

By Aiden James and Sam Francis

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight

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    And with that the House of Lords concludes for the evening.

    Peers will be back at 10.00 GMT tomorrow to continue with their detailed discussion of Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill.

    MPs will be back at 09.30 GMT to debate their own private members' bills starting with the report stage of the Conservative Jake Berry's Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill - which guarantees local councils the right to hold prayers in their meetings.

  2. Government response

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    Responding for the government International Development Spokeswoman Baroness Northover tells peers that the government is already exceeding its targets to save 50,000 maternal lives and 250,000 newborn children by 2015.

    Advances are being made through improving family planning, skill birth attendants and making health systems stronger, she says.

    To continue this trend the government is committed to making universal health coverage and the social, political and economic empowerment of women remains a top priority for the "post-2015 development agenda", she adds.

  3. Labour's pledge

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    Labour spokesman Lord Collins of Highbury is responding to the debate.

    He calls on the government to match Labour's promise to put universal health coverage of "at the heart of the global development agenda" if in power after the next election, in order to end preventable maternal and newborn deaths.

    Health and economic output are "interdependent" he says, and improving health care will not only help end death from preventable causes but prevent 100 million people every year falling into poverty.

  4. Family planning

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    Independent peer Baroness Tonge links the high number of maternal and neonatal deaths to a lack of family planning, which she says allows women to control their own body and extend the amount of time between children.

    "We know women in the developing world would use family planning if it was available," she says.

    Fewer people would also lead to less environmental degradation, less international aid and potentially less migration, she adds.

  5. 1% target

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    Obstetrician and Crossbench peer Lord Patel calls on the government to set a new target to reduce neonatal deaths and stillborn babies to 1% of all births in all countries by 2035.

  6. Goodbye from the Commons

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    And that's it from the Commons for today.

    MPs meet tomorrow from 09.30 GMT to consider private members' bills.

    Meanwhile, the debate on reducing maternal and neonatal mortality continues in the Lords.

  7. Minister replies

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    Health Minister Jane Ellison says "outcomes are particularly poor" for sufferers of pancreatic cancer.

    "We need to do better," she adds.

    An independent cancer task force is being set up in England, to try to diagnose the disease earlier.

  8. 'No political will'

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    Opening the debate, Crossbench peer Baroness Hayman tells peers that 800 women die every day in pregnancy and child birth - 50 will die in the course of this short debate - while there are three million neonatal deaths each year from preventable causes.

    The solutions are well known, but there is "no political will" to aid the poor countries where maternal and neonatal mortality are disproportionately high, she says.

    She urges the government to "put the resources and the priority into the work to end maternal and neonatal deaths" to stop "this being the reality for millions".

    Baroness Hayman
    Image caption: Baroness Hayman calls on the government to do more to prevent maternal and neonatal deaths around the world
  9. Adjournment debate

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    Finally in the Commons today, Labour MP Nic Dakin opens an adjournment debate on future medical support for sufferers of pancreatic cancer.

    Nic Dakin
  10. Motion passed

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    Labour's Geraint Davies, closing the debate, says more scrutiny is needed to ensure "we don't have multinationals breathing down our necks".

    While there has been much disagreement over the benefits or otherwise of TTIP, MPs pass the backbench motion without a vote.

  11. 'Feet to the fire'

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    Health Spokeswoman Baroness Jolly is given the task of responding to the debate for the government.

    The Lib Dem peer points to the government's commitment to "parity of esteem" - valuing mental health equally with physical health - in the Health and Social Care Act as an example of the governments engagement with mental health.

    "There is still more to be done" she says, telling peers that mental health problems remain the "single largest cause of disability" in the UK and will affect one in four people at some point in their life.

    But she adds she feels confident that whatever the result of the general election the House of Lords will keep the government's "feet to the fire" over mental health.

    Baroness Jolly
    Image caption: Baroness Jolly responding to the debate for the government
  12. Recognition over public services

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    Matthew Hancock insists that both EU and US negotiators have recognised that public services including the NHS would be exempt from TTIP.

    The investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) is necessary, he argues, so that investors "have confidence to make those investments, knowing there is recourse".

  13. Lifted from 'grinding poverty'

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    Matthew Hancock claims that millions of people in the world have been lifted from "grinding poverty" as a result of access to trade.

    Matthew Hancock
  14. 'Free trade'

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    Business, Innovation and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock is replying for the government.

    "We are, as a nation, deeply committed to free and fair exchange," he says.

    He adds: "TTIP is about free and fair trade."

  15. Call for scrutiny

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    The motion for debate today, chosen by the Backbench Business Committee, calls for scrutiny of the EU-US TTIP trade deal in Westminster and in the European Parliament.

  16. Labour response

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    Shadow health spokesman Lord Bradley is answering the debate for the Labour benches.

    He urges the government to explore ways to make the NHS fairer and to consider revising the payments systems for mental health services, to put physical and mental health on an equal footing.

    He also advocates investing in cost-effective interventions, currently undermined by what he calls a "postcode lottery".

  17. 'Hold ministers to account'

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    Shadow business, innovation and skills minister Ian Murray is speaking for the opposition in the debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

    He argues that Parliament "lacks proper ways to hold ministers to account for what they do or decide in Europe with regard to these trade deals".

    He says Labour supports "the principle" of TTIP but will not accept a deal that does not protect public services.

  18. 'Creeping privatisation'

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    Green Party MP Caroline Lucas argues that the proposed EU-US trade deal constitutes an "unacceptable threat to the ability of future governments, for example, to repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and to reverse creeping privatisation in the public health sector".

    The BMA is "continuing to lobby against the inclusion of health in TTIP", she adds.

  19. Governments sued

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    Zac Goldsmith differs from his fellow Conservatives and criticised the investor-state dispute settlement, claiming that similar trade deals had led to corporations suing governments elsewhere in the world.

    As well as "Australia being sued by tobacco giants for taking measures to dissuade people from smoking", he says, "Canada, I believe, has been sued 35 times under ISDS mechanisms".

    He adds that Canada was sued by Ethyl Corporation when it banned the "highly toxic" fuel additive MMT and had to "reverse its ban".

    Ethyl Corporation claimed against Canada under provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta).

  20. Experience of prison care

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    Crossbench peer Lord Ramsbotham speaks, and begins by paying tribute to MPs Paul Burstow and Norman Lamb for their work in the field of mental health, as ministers.

    The peer says that when he took over as chief inspector of prisons for England and Wales, he was alarmed to find out that mental health care in prisons was not under the jurisdiction of the NHS - and that only 10% of medical officers in prisons were qualified to act as GPs in the NHS.

    He tells peers that he worked to remedy that during his tenure.

  21. Public health 'exempt'

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    Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston, who chairs the Health Select Committee, says Eilidh Whiteford's concerns about the NHS are unfounded.

    "I would not be supporting this deal if it would have the effect that she has outlined," Ms Wollaston tells MPs.

    Publicly-funded health services are exempt from the TTIP, she insists, and suggests that opposition MPs are using the debate to attack the government's record on the NHS instead.

    Sarah Wollaston
  22. 'Shrouded in secrecy'

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    "We need an explicit exclusion of public healthcare and also associated services from the TTIP," the SNP's Eilidh Whiteford says.

    Negotiations on the deal have been "shrouded in secrecy", she claims, and should be subject to greater scrutiny.

    Eilidh Whiteford
  23. Maiden speech

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    Lord Suri
    Image caption: Conservative peer Lord Suri is making his maiden speech to the Lords
  24. 'No threat' to NHS

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    Conservative MP Julian Sturdy claims there is "no threat to our NHS" from the TTIP.

    The deal could lead to work on "innovation" with US companies but no change to a health service which is free at the point of use, he adds.

  25. Trade deal defended

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    Conservative MP Robin Walker rejects some of the doubts that other MPs have raised about the TTIP.

    He argues that arrangements similar to the investor-state dispute settlement exist around the world and corporations do not necessarily prevail over governments.

    "The UK has never lost a case in ISDS negotiations," he says.

  26. Next debate in the Lords

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    The Lords has moved on and peers are now listening to the opening of a debate on mental health care provision.

    Baroness Tyler of Enfield is the first speaker in this debate, and calls mental health work the "Cinderella" service.

    Lady Tyler is a Lib Dem peer and serves on the development board of Think Ahead, a body mainly funded by the Department of Health working to develop a new fast track recruitment programme to encourage more graduates into mental health social work. The Lib Dems have made improving mental health services a key plank of their electoral promise.

    The government has made parity of esteem between physical and mental health a legal obligation in the NHS but last year Health Minister Norman Lamb described mental health services for young people as "not fit for purpose".

  27. ISDS dropped

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    It has been reported that the part of the TTIP which has attracted the most public opposition in Europe, the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), has been set aside by negotiators.

    Opponents say the ISDS is designed explicitly to give private companies and investors new rights to sue governments.

    In the UK, campaigners are concerned about US health companies bidding for NHS contracts.

    Geraint Davies argues that the deal would mean the NHS is "fundamentally at risk" because changes under the government's Health and Social Care Act mean parts of it are open to competition.

  28. About TTIP

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    TTIP is a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States, aimed at removing trade barriers in various economic sectors to boost trade.

    The deal, if it succeeds, would open up hitherto restricted markets on both sides of the Atlantic and could boost US GDP by $90bn and EU GDP by $120bn, according to EU predictions.

    However, opponents of the proposed deal claim it would increase corporate power and make it more difficult to regulate markets for public benefit.

  29. NHS pressures

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    Health Minister Earl Howe responds on behalf of the government.

    He tells peers that the NHS is facing unprecedented demand - but despite this is still providing high quality care. He says that this year admissions to A&E is higher than any year since 2010.

    In fact, he says, emergency admissions are up 6% on last year - this year that means the NHS is seeing double the trend of increase in recent years.

  30. TTIP debate

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    The second backbench debate, on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), begins.

    The motion was tabled by Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland and Labour MP Geraint Davies, who is opening the debate.

    The motion says the EU-US trade deal "and any associated investor-state dispute settlement provisions should be subject to scrutiny in the European Parliament and the UK Parliament".

  31. Labour response

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    Shadow health spokesman Lord Hunt of Kings Heath asks whether the government is going to undertake a review of the 111 helpline.

    He also asks: "what is going on in the East of England Ambulance Service". He calls for a review in that case too.

  32. Debate closes

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    Conservative MP Alistair Burt closes the contaminated blood debate.

    "I don't think a future Parliament will wear a government of any stripe that do not do something about that," he says.

    He says all parties could put a commitment to act in their manifestos.

  33. 'New therapies'

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    Health Minister Jane Ellison says that the NHS has introduced "new therapies" including treatments for those suffering from liver failure or cirrhosis as a result of hepatitis C.

    "The UK now has one of the safest blood supplies in the world," she adds.

    Jane Ellison
  34. Shadow health secretary's speech

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    Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham is speaking for Labour in the contaminated blood debate.

    He quotes Labour peer and medical practitioner Lord Winston, who called the infection of patients with hepatitis C and HIV "the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS".

    Mr Burnham, who is the MP for Leigh, says he is speaking in the debate because he has constituents who are affected by "this scandal".

    Andy Burnham
  35. A&E debate

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    The Bishop of St Albans is now introducing the debate on the pressures facing A&E departments and emergency services.

    The Rt Revd Alan Smith recounts how his family relied on the ambulance services after his nephew was taken ill at Christmas and was rushed into hospital in Watford.

    The Bishop of St Albans
  36. Front bench attendance

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    Geoffrey Robinson adds that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt attended the contaminated blood debate earlier, and notes that shadow health secretary Andy Burnham is in the chamber.

    The attendance of the secretary of state and his Labour shadow at a Thursday afternoon backbench debate is unusual, and might indicate an awareness of the strong views of many MPs on the subject.

    Andy Burnham and Geoffrey Robinson
    Image caption: Andy Burnham on the Labour front bench during Geoffrey Robinson's speech
  37. Debate coming to an end

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    Environment Minister Lord De Mauley is now summing up for the government in the debate on the environment.

  38. 'No more reports'

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    Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson tells MPs: "We don't need any more reports. We don't need the Penrose report. We've had the Archer report. We've had all sorts of investigations that have proved beyond doubt that it's a government responsibility.

    "The extent of the tragedy is tremendous and the provision we have made so far is inadequate.

    "That's the end of story. What we need know is a resolution."

    Lord Penrose is leading an inquiry for the Scottish government, while the late Labour peer Lord Archer of Sandwell led an independent inquiry which reported in 2009.

  39. Sad stories

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    Many MPs are recounting stories from constituents - currently it is the turn of Fiona Bruce, Conservative MP for Congleton, following Tom Clarke, Labour's MP for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill.

  40. Post update

    @JennyWillott

    Lib Dem MP Jenny Willott ‏tweets: It's v sad to hear tragic stories in #contaminatedblood debate of those infected by NHS blood products. So awful, people deserve closure now

  41. No inquiry

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    No public inquiry has ever been conducted into the scandal of contaminated blood products in the UK as a whole. The Scottish government initiated the Penrose Inquiry in 2008 to investigate how the scandal unfolded in Scotland.

  42. Keep Competitiveness

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    Lord Callanan tells peers that while he supports efforts to combat climate change, he feels it should not be done at the expense at the UK's competitiveness in the international market.

    Lord Callanan
    Image caption: Lord Callanan makes his maiden speech in the House of Lords
  43. Maiden speech

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    Engineer and former Conservative MEP Lord Callanan is making his maiden speech in the House of Lords.

    Maiden speeches are expected to be short and uncontroversial, so as not to provoke an interruption - which are forbidden during a maiden speech.

    Peers cannot table oral questions, or lead a debate until they have made their maiden speech, though they are still allowed to ask question for written answer.

  44. Adapting to climate change

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    Labour MP Lord Whitty says that a two degree rise in global temperatures is "almost inevitable" and the UK must look at adapting alongside mitigating the effects.

    More trees must be planted, more effective water management must be implemented and the abstractions regime for water in the UK's uplands must be reformed to help cope with climate change, he says.

  45. Climate Change stats

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    The BBC has produced a handy FAQ on the key stats on climate change here.

  46. All party group member speaks

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    Labour MP Diana Johnson, who co-chairs the all party group, makes her speech in the contaminated blood debate.

    Diana Johnson
  47. Legislation needed

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    Opening her debate Baroness Bakewell argues that Britain must move towards becoming "zero carbon" and make better use of its resources to temper changing climates.

    The government must bring forward a Zero Carbon Britain bill to "toughen up climate change targets" and a Nature Bill introducing legal targets for biodiversity, clean air and water, and establishing a natural capital committee in law.

    She adds that she has suffered the effects of the changing weather patterns first hand as she was forced out of her home during the flooding last winter, staying in temporary accommodation for six months.

    Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville
    Image caption: Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville
  48. Post update

    @ZacGoldsmith

    Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith tweets: Brilliant campaigning by @AlistairBurtMP seeking justice for the many who were given contaminated blood in 70s/80s. Speaking now in Parl't.

  49. Parliamentary group report

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    The debate comes on the day after a report from All Party Parliamentary Group on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood was published.

    Support has been provided to widows and widowers of those infected, by the so-called "five trusts", but the report found that many do not receive any support and live in poverty.

    The five trusts include two private companies: the Skipton Fund, which supports those with hepatitis C, and the Macfarlane and Eileen Trust (MFET), which supports those with HIV.

    The remainder are three registered charities: the Caxton Foundation, supporting people infected with HCV and their families; the Macfarlane Trust, for those with haemophilia who were infected with HIV; and the Eileen Trust, supporting people infected with HIV who do not have haemophilia.

  50. Environment debate

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    Peers now move to the first of today's backbench debates, led by Liberal Democrat Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville on the natural environment and the case for reducing polluting emissions.

  51. Grass fed is best

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    Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer argues against mega dairies, saying milk from "grass fed cows kept outdoors" has superior nutritional content and increases the beauty of landscapes in areas where tourism is an important revenue stream.

  52. Contaminated blood products

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    From 1970-1991, contaminated NHS blood products caused 32,718 people to be infected with the hepatitis C virus through medical treatment.

    Over 1,500 people were infected with HIV following treatment with NHS blood products between 1978 and 1985.

    Almost 5,000 haemophilia sufferers were infected with one or both viruses.

    Haemophilia is an inherited condition that affects the blood's ability to clot, and treatment can include injection with clotting factor medications made from donated blood.

  53. 'Mega dairies'

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    Labour's Lord Barkley suggests building "mega dairies" to help reduce the price of milk production.

    DEFRA Minister Lord De Mauley says the government have no views on the size of units of farms.

  54. Losing milk production

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    The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, warns that if the UK loses its capacity to produce milk, due to the low prices of imported milk it will not "easily be able to turn the tap back on again" and asks what is being done to ensure the long-term sustainability of milk production.

    DEFRA Minister Lord de Mauley says the government is working with UK farmers, offering advice in cash flow and volatility management, and labelling British products to help boost sales.

  55. Contaminated blood debate

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    The first of today's backbench business debates begins.

    MPs are debating a motion calling for "a further review of the circumstances surrounding the passing of infection via blood products to those with haemophilia and others during the 1970s and 1980s".

    The topic for debate was chosen by the Backbench Business Committee, which gives backbench MPs an opportunity to bring forward debates of their choice.

  56. Post update

    @stvharry

    Westminster Correspondent for STV Harry Smith ‏tweets: Lord Winston say he finds haggis "revolting" and suggests obesity prevention shld be targeted at Glasgow not USA

  57. Free the haggis

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    Conservative peer Lord McColl of Dulwich calls on the government to increase its efforts to persuade the United States to lift its ban on the import of haggis.

    Haggis imports have been outlawed in the US since 1971, because of a ban on sheep's lung in food products.

    But Lord McColl says the United States government's decision is "depriving 24 million American Scots of this wholesome dish which satisfies hunger far more effectively than the junk food Americans consume" which would help them deal with America's current "obesity epidemic".

  58. Labour 'chicken'

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    The chickens come home to roost in the Commons chamber, as William Hague responds to a question from Labour's Kevin Brennan, about a ban in Erskine May (from the 19th Century) on making farmyard noises in the chamber.

    The leader of House says there were some "farmyard noises" during prime minister's questions this week, when David Cameron and Ed Miliband clashed over election TV debates.

    He adds that he is sure there will be fewer chicken impressions "when the Labour Party stop being chicken of debating with the Green Party".

  59. What is PIP?

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    The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is paid to sufferers of long-term ill-health or a disability to enable them to live independently.

    PIP, which can be worth between £21.55 and £138.05 a week, started to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64 from 8 April 2013.

  60. PIP payments

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    Labour's Lord Dubs tells peers that of the 670,000 who are entitled to receive personal independence payments (PIP), 300,000 people are still waiting for their claims to be processed, some waiting up to six months.

    "The system is not fit for purpose," he says, and asks for the system to be put on hiatus until it is working.

    Work and Pensions Minister Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth disputes Lord Dubs' figures, saying the backlog is only 107,000 people.

    The system "isn't failing, its succeeding", he says.

  61. Business questions

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    Once the leader of the House has announced future Commons business, MPs have the opportunity to question him.

    MPs often use this question time to make their own calls for debates on topics of their choice.

  62. Eradicating prejudice

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    Earl Howe says the government are focussing on three areas in tackling HIV: prevention, testing and reducing stigma.

    The government's framework for sexual health action aims to eradicate prejudice - which is often seen as the biggest barrier to getting tested - by "building an open and honest culture", he says.

  63. Undiagnosed HIV sufferers

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    Responding to a question from former Conservative Cabinet member Lord Fowler, Health Minister Earl Howe tells peers that of the 107,800 people in the UK living with HIV an estimated 24% - or 26,100 people - are "undiagnosed and unaware of their condition".

  64. Government agrees on women bishops

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    William Hague says: "We are united in support of the Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill."

    William Hague
  65. Lords debates

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

    Today is dedicated to debates, chosen by backbench peers.

    Baroness Bakewell will focus on the natural environment, the case for reducing polluting emissions, improving green transport and protecting wildlife and green spaces.

    Baroness Tyler will lead a debate on the importance of mental health care provision.

    There will also be short debates on emergency services and on reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in the developing world.

  66. Terrible pun time

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    The chicken puns come think and fast as Angela Eagle claims that David Cameron fears "a roasting" in leaders' debates ahead of the general election.

    She says his argument that he will not take part in debates unless the Green Party is included is a "fowl excuse".

    On Thursday the Daily Mirror sent the "Mirror Chicken" to Westminster, accusing the PM of cowardice.

  67. Women bishops welcomed

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    Shadow leader of the House Angela Eagle welcomes legislation allowing women bishops to sit in the House of Lords, which the Commons will debate next Monday.

    Though she describes the Lords as an "unelected and supersized chamber" in need of "radical reform", she argues that it should include women bishops until a future Labour government can convert it into "a senate of the nations and regions".

  68. Business statement

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    Leader of the House William Hague is announcing forthcoming business in the House of Commons.

  69. Question topics

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    Topics in today's question session include promoting equality of opportunity for women in the workplace, closing the gender pay gap, the number of women in low-paid work and reducing homophobic bullying of young people.

  70. Women and equalities questions

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    The House is holding a short question session with Women and Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan.

    Nicky Morgan
  71. Post update

    @GrahamAllenMP

    Labour MP Graham Allen tweets: Secretary of State for Culture asked how creative industries can regenerate outer city estates like Nottingham North

  72. Olympics legacy 'squandered'

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    Shadow minister Clive Efford says a survey from the Youth Sport Trust "shows a fall in the time spent by children on sport in schools since 2010".

    He accuses the government of having "squandered a golden legacy in sport" following the 2012 Olympics.

    Minister Helen Grant says that there are "more young people participating in sport than we had before we bid for the Olympics".

  73. Post update

    @DCMS

    DCMS ‏tweets: .@HelenGrantMP: I'm confident that @Sport_England's #thisgirlcan campaign will increase participation among women #DCMSorals

  74. Morning question session

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    House of Commons chamber
    Image caption: MPs assemble for the morning question session: the front bench on the left is where the culture, media and sport ministerial team sits
  75. About Ahmadi Muslims

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    The Ahmadi movement, which has its origins in British-controlled northern India in the late 19th Century, identifies itself as a Muslim movement and follows the teachings of the Koran.

    However, it is regarded by some orthodox Muslims as heretical because it does not believe that Mohammed was the final prophet sent to guide mankind, as orthodox Muslims believe is laid out in the Koran.

  76. Ahmadi Muslims

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    Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh asks what is being done to ensure that television programmes which contain promotion of hatred against Ahmadi Muslims cannot be received in the UK.

    Culture Minister Ed Vaizey says regulator Ofcom has rules against the promotion of "hate speech".

    Ms McDonagh says a large number of satellite channels can be received in the UK, and asks if more help can be provided to Ofcom to monitor them.

  77. Culture questions

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    Questions to Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Sajid Javid and his team of ministers have begun.

    Topics include the contribution of tourism to the economy and increasing investment in film, theatre and the arts in the UK.

    There is also a question on ensuring that television programmes which contain promotion of hatred against Ahmadi Muslims cannot be received in the UK.

  78. More Commons business

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    The final business today will be an adjournment debate led by Labour MP Nic Dakin, on medical support for pancreatic cancer.

  79. Good morning

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    Welcome to our live coverage of today's business in Westminster.

    MPs start the day in the Commons with culture, media and sport questions, followed by women and equalities questions.

    Then, Leader of the House William Hague will announce forthcoming Commons business and take questions from MPs.

    Two backbench debates follow. The first is on contaminated blood products, while the second concerns the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - a trade deal between the EU and the United States.