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Summary

  1. The day began with education questions.
  2. That was followed by an urgent question on high speed rail route HS2.
  3. Then there was a statement on the government's dispute with junior doctors in England.
  4. The main debate was the UK's role in the Middle East.
  5. The Lords asked questions, then moved on to the Enterprise Bill.

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By Chris Davies and Aiden James

All times stated are UK

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  1. House of Commons adjourns

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    The House of Commons has finished for the day.

    It sits again at 11:30 GMT tomorrow for Treasury questions.

    There will then be a ten minute rule motion on consumer protection, followed by the main business of the day, the report stage and third reading of the immigration bill.

    The Commons will consider a statutory instrument relating to Northern Ireland and a motion relating to the High Speed Rail.

    There will be an adjournment debate on the cost of pre-payment meters.

  2. Government encourages good relations with Malawi

    Relations between Scotland and Malawi

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    Foreign Office Minister James Duddridge answers the debate.

    He says the government "actively encourages" good relations with Malawi, and "welcomes suggestions" on how to improve them further.

    He says that the government is working with Malawi to develop a better business environment in the country.

    He pays tribute to Malawi as "a democracy with a free press", and says it inspires many people in the UK.

    James Duddridge
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  3. Malawi debate

    Relations between Scotland and Malawi

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    Patrick Grady
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    Scottish National Party MP Patrick Grady is opening the debate he has tabled on relations between Scotland and Malawi.

    He argues many of Malawi's problems are due to "deep-rooted structural problems", some of which are the responsibility of the west.

    He says the SNP will be paying close attention to the re-negotiation of the UK/Malawi tax treaty, which will happen in the near future.

    Read a country profile of Malawi here.

  4. Middle east debate winds up

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    Phillip Lee closes the debate. 

    He says that more debates like this would be helpful, and suggests holding one a month.

    The Commons moves on the adjournment debate on relations between Scotland and Malawi.

  5. More information requested before Syria vote

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    Diana Johnson
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    Shadow foreign office minister Diana Johnson sums up the debate for the opposition.

    She says all "members of the house are reflecting on the very difficult and complex situation in Syria."

    She says that many will need more information from the government before they vote in favour of air strikes, notably on the 70,000 ground troops that the prime minister said were available from various Syrian rebel groups.

  6. Conservative MP suggests working with Assad to defeat Isil

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    Bob Stewart
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    Conservative Bob Stewart asks if the UK should consider "opening a dialogue" with Assad to fight against the Islamic State group. 

  7. Support for strikes in Syria

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    David Rutley
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    Conservative David Rutley says he will support the government in Wednesday's vote on air strikes.

    The vote will ask for permission to extend air strikes against the Islamic State group to Syria.

    Read more here.

  8. Middle east needs to be economically stronger

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    Seema Kennedy
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    Conservative Seema Kennedy says "where you have corruption, monopolies, raging youth unemployment", that is the ideal recruiting ground for groups like the so-called Islamic state.

    She argues that if countries in the middle east had more western-style economies, they would be less vulnerable to extremism.

    She says Britain should "nurture and encourage these nations to build competitive economies."

    She adds "we need to look at our own history where, as the free market prospered, so eventually did freedom and democracy."

  9. 'Coherent' foreign policy required, says Conservative

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    Stephen Phillips
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    Conservative Stephen Phillips says there should be more general debates like this one, and suggests they should happen in government time.

    He argues the situation in the Middle East is a "powder keg" and a "coherent" foreign policy is required, with a "thirty year" timescale.

    He says we need to look for "realistic" strategies, and avoid "utopian" perfect solutions. He suggests this could include dealing with moderate Islamists when finding a solution in Syria.

  10. Goodnight from the Lords

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    House of Lords

    Tonight's business in the House of Lords concludes.

    Tomorrow from 14:30 GMT, peers will put questions to ministers, before consideration of two bills: the European Union Referendum Bill and the Education and Adoption Bill.

    Stay with us tonight as MPs continue their debate on the UK's role in the Middle East.

  11. Marine planning

    North Sea debate

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    Government spokesman Lord Gardiner of Kimble insists the UK is "protecting marine areas", including though the development of marine plans in England and the Scottish National Marine Plan.

    Lord Gardiner says the UK has been "co-operating with our North Sea neighbours for many years", including EU member states.

    Lord Gardiner of Kimble at the despatch box
  12. Government's 'lack of commitment'

    North Sea debate

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    Shadow energy and climate change spokesman Lord Grantchester says Labour in government "recognised that there are significant pressures on the marine environment around the UK and the North Sea in particular".

    The last Labour government legislated to create "marine protection areas", he adds.

    Lord Grantchester accuses governments since 2010 of showing "a lack of commitment", designating 28 out of a "proposed 127 zones".

  13. Labour MP says bombing Syria would be 'inappropriate'

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    Peter Dowd
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    Labour's Peter Dowd says bombing Syria would be "inappropriate at this moment".

    Minister Tobias Ellwood intervenes to argue that other countries are bombing Syria already, so the UK would be assisting an operation which is already happening.

  14. MP's concern at 'extremist ideology'

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    John Howell
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    Conservative John Howell says the terrorist attacks in Paris and Tunisia were a "direct attack on our way of life" and welcomes the prospect of a vote on striking Syria.

    He warns that it is important to target Islamist ideology, and calls on Saudi Arabia to do more to prevent its spread.

  15. 'Sixty million' depend on North Sea

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    Baroness Scott of Needham Market

    Lib Dem peer Baroness Scott, who chairs the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee, tells the House: "The North Sea is the lifeblood of more than 60 million people who live on, or near, its shores."

  16. UK 'should take a long term view'

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    Paul Maynard
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    Conservative MP Paul Maynard urges MPs to take the long view when thinking about the UK's role in the Middle East.

    He says that demographic and economic change is more important than day to day events, however drastic they seem.

    He urges the government to learn from history when considering what to do in Syria.

  17. Debate on the North Sea

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    The day's final business in the Lords is under way, as Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Scott of Needham Market opens a debate on the marine environment in the North Sea.

    It follows a report by the Lords EU Select Committee: "The North Sea under pressure: is regional marine co-operation the answer?"

    The report describes the North Sea as "one of the most industrialised seas in the world" and concluded there is insufficient international co-operation on the management of the environment.

    The report recommends that "the UK government convene a North Sea ministerial conference in order to develop a holistic approach to all economic and environmental issues affecting the North Sea".

  18. Statement on junior doctors' contracts

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    Peers are responding to Health Minister Lord Prior's statement on junior doctors' contracts in England, which follows Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's earlier statement to MPs.

    Tuesday's strike by junior doctors in England has been called off, but major disruption has already been caused as thousands of operations have been cancelled.

  19. SNP 'unconvinced' by case for air strikes

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    SNP MP Tommy Sheppard says his party remains "unconvinced" by the case for air strikes in Syria.

    He argues that air strikes would "rearrange the piles of rubble", risk civilian deaths and create more refugees.

    If the UK joins the campaign, the RAF would be the "fifteenth air force in the skies over Syria", he adds, claiming that the other forces have not improved the situation.

  20. Minister repeats government case for Syria air strikes

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    Tobias Ellwood

    Minister Tobias Ellwood says there is no point taking action in Iraq and not Syria, when the Islamic State group "does not respect borders".

    He says Islamic State has its own "mission creep" to other states in the region and the wider world.

    He adds that the "liberation" of the Syrian city of Raqqa - which the prime minister has called the "head of the snake" for Islamic State - "is not just round the corner".

    He says the UK should "support our allies with our soft and hard power capabilities" to end the Syrian civil war and defeat the so-called Islamic State.

  21. Brief adjournment

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    The House concludes the report stage of the Enterprise Bill and adjourns until 19:20 GMT, when Health Minister Lord Prior will repeat today's Commons statement on junior doctors' contracts.

  22. Labour amendment rejected

    Enterprise Bill

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    The Labour amendment is rejected by 152 votes to 113.

  23. Minister contributes

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    Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood begins his contribution to the debate, telling MPs that "so many of the foundation stones of modern humanity" originated in the Middle East.

    Quote Message: Britain's own history, for better or worse, is deeply intertwined and inextricably linked with the security, economy, governance and, in some cases, the very creation of states across the region."
  24. Division on Labour amendment

    Enterprise Bill

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    The House of Lords divides to vote on a Labour amendment that would remove early access to pensions from calculations of exit payments for public sector workers.

  25. 'Compassion compels us to do more'

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    Roger Mullin

    SNP MP Roger Mullin says: "Compassion compels us to do more for the most vulnerable in Syria at this time."

    He agrees with Conservative MP Rehman Chishti that the Islamic State group should be referred to as Daesh. Both MPs call the organisation "evil scum".

    He claims that Syria's economy could take 30 years to rebuild and raises the difficulty of clearing the conflict zone of landmines.

  26. Conservative indicates support for Syria action

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    Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi says "a new settlement is needed" in Iraq.

    In Syria, he insists there is not "a binary choice" between the Assad regime and Islamic State.

    Quote Message: We desperately want to see a secular government in Damascus, if minorities are to be protected."

    Mr Zahawi indicates he will support David Cameron's bid to extend military action to Syria.

  27. 'Public sector exit payments'

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    Crossbencher Lord Low of Dalston introduces amendments concerning payments for public sector workers leaving their jobs.

    He says the amendments aim to ensure that "public sector exit payments provide value for money".

  28. Persecuted Christians

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    Heather Wheeler
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    Conservative MP Heather Wheeler says the UK's role in the Middle East must be to back those who "support Christians" and other minorities.

    She calls on the government to "disassociate" the UK from any countries which sanction people for their religious background.

  29. Labour MP will not back Syria strikes

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    Labour MP Andrew Slaughter says he cannot support extending air-strikes to Syria.

    He questions the legality of the strikes, and says there is no functioning international alliance to take action against the Islamic State group.

    He calls for a peace process in which non-extremist rebels talk to the "acceptable parts" of the Syrian Arab army.

  30. Strong relationship with Israel

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    Conservative MP Dame Angela Watkinson condemns terror attacks on Israeli citizens.

    She says "Israel is a tolerant, fair society" and says the UK should maintain a strong relationship with the country.

  31. SNP MP argues air-strikes will not achieve objectives

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    SNP MP Peter Grant says he has "serious" concerns about air-strikes in Syria. 

    He argues that they "will not achieve" the "stated objective" of removing the Islamic State group.

  32. Conservative MP calls for UK to work more closely with Russia

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    Daniel Kawczynski
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    Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski calls on the government to work with Russia on the issue of Syria.

    He says there is a need to "set aside" the differences between the UK and Russia, and stop viewing the country through a "cold war lens." 

  33. Government defeat on pubs

    Enterprise Bill

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    The government is defeated for a second time.

    Peers back a proposal to  give pub company tenants the option of having a market rent assessment at any opportunity.

    Government defeated by 229 votes to 208  

  34. MP calls for UK to work more closely with allies

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    Jim Shannon
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    Democratic Unionist MP Jim Shannon calls for the UK to work more closely with our allies in the region, notably Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Israel. 

    He adds that it is "imperative we learn" from our "recent" mistakes in the region.

  35. Vote on pubs amendment

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    Lord Mendelsohn  says Labour's amendment would restore confidence for tenants.He pushes the amendment to a vote, with the result due at approximately 17:50 GMT. 

  36. SNP MP calls for a wider plan for the middle east

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    SNP MP Stewart McDonald says "there are too many in this House whose ideas of intervention go back to a previous time", and adds that intervention often has "unintended consequences".

    He says that he would have been willing to support military action in Syria if it was part of a wider plan, but that plan has not been forthcoming yet.

  37. Government 'consulting' on Pubs Code

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    Business Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe says she has "consumer experience" of pubs "over many years, with four sons and a husband who likes a pint".

    However, she says, "pubs were never part of this bill".

    She adds that the government is holding a consultation on the new pubs code and adjudicator, which will be introduced under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.

  38. Conservative "concerns" about attacking Syria

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    Peter Lilley
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    Conservative MP Peter Lilley says he wants to support the policy of extending airstrikes against the Islamic state group, but has "concerns" about the proposals.

    He questions the quality of the free Syrian army, pointing out that a US programme to train them had been a failure.

  39. 'Superfluous' amendments

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    Conservative peer Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts says Labour's amendments are "unfair, ineffective or superfluous".

    He refers to the pubs code governing the relationship between pub-owning businesses and their tied tenants.

    "Every tied tenant has recourse" to the Pubs Code Adjudicator if they believe "their rent to be unfair", he argues.

  40. 'Market rents' for pubs

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    Peers now consider a Labour amendment to require pub-owning businesses to offer a market rent only option to tied pub tenants and to allow rent assessments for tenants.

    Similar measures were introduced in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill last year, after MPs defeated the government in the Commons.

    Labour's amendment would widen the requirements under which such an assessment could happen.

  41. Middle East debate begins

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    Phillip Lee
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    MPs have moved on to a backbench business debate the UK's role in the Middle East.

    Opening the debate, Conservative MP Phillip Lee says that he supports the prime minister's proposal to extend UK airstrikes against so-called Islamic State into Syria.

    He adds that airstrikes are part of a "bigger effort", and that MPs must be clear about "who we are fighting for" and how it will end. 

  42. BreakingGovernment defeat in the Lords

    Enterprise Bill

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    Peers pass a Lib Dem amendment to ensure that the "green objectives" of the privatised Green Investment Bank (GIB) are written into the company's articles of association.

    The government loses by 46 votes, with 258 peers backing the amendment and 212 opposing it.  

  43. Doctors' strike 'may be called off'

    From the BBC News Website:

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    Junior doctors' leaders are in last-minute talks over whether to suspend Tuesday's 24-hour walk-out by medics.

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said talks at conciliation service Acas had made progress and consideration was now being given to calling off planned walk-outs by doctors' leaders.

    It appears an outline deal has been reached, but has yet to be fully agreed by the British Medical Association.

    The strike on Tuesday, if it still goes ahead, is due to start at 08.00.

    Read more here

  44. Questions on working hours 'safeguards' and pay

    Junior Doctors statement

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    Conservative MP Ben Howlett says he is pleased that "all parties are back round the table" and asks if safeguards on working hours will be maintained as part of the negotiations.

    Jeremy Hunt replies that they will.

    Another Conservative, Nigel Adams, says he has met doctors who say the new contract will mean working more hours for less money.

    Jeremy Hunt says this is "categorically" not true. 

  45. Division on 'green objectives' amendment

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    Peers agree government amendments on the privatisation of the Green Investment Bank but Lord Teverson pushes his amendment to secure the bank's "green objectives" to a vote. 

    Division in the Lords
  46. Minister offers talks

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    Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe says the government "cannot support" Lord Teverson's amendment but offers talks with other parties on a way forward.

    Labour spokesman Lord Stevenson asks whether talks will result in a new amendment at the final, third reading stage of the bill.

    The minister says she cannot commit to that. 

  47. 'Sorry saga'

    Junior Doctors statement

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    Heidi Alexander
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    Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander says she "welcomes" the news that the government agreed to mediated talks with junior doctors last week, and hopes that they can soon "put this whole sorry saga" behind them.

    Jeremy Hunt says that contract reform is the most important part of the government's plans for a "seven day NHS." 

    Read more about the seven day NHS here.

  48. "Personal abuse" for Health Secretaries

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  49. Disagreements over foreign investment

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    Labour peer Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan says "the House needs reassurance" that the Green Investment Bank will not end up under foreign ownership if privatised.

    He points to the example of rail operators owned by international companies, including the state-owned enterprises of other countries.

    Conservative peer Lord Leigh of Hurley takes the opposite view that "foreign investors should be encouraged".

    He adds: "This is a great country to invest in."

  50. Amendment to keep 'green objectives'

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    Lord Teverson

    Liberal Democrat peer Lord Teverson introduces his amendment, which has Labour support, to maintain the "existing green objectives" of the Green Investment Bank after privatisation.

    Lord Teverson says he does not oppose privatisation as he believes the bank is "restricted through state aid rules" currently.

    The amendment would write green objectives into the bank's "articles of association".

    A charitable company would hold a "special share" in the bank, giving it voting rights to uphold the objectives. 

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  52. Hunt: 'potential agreement' in junior doctors dispute

    Junior Doctors statement

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    Jeremy Hunt
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    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is updating the House on contingency plans for tomorrow's junior doctors' strike over contract disagreements. 

    He tells MPs that, after working "through the weekend", the government has reached a "potential agreement" with British Medical Association (BMA) leaders this afternoon. 

    He said the agreement would allow a "time-limited period", during which further negotiations could take place, when the government would agree "not to proceed unilaterally" with a new contract and the BMA would agree to suspend strikes. 

    He says that the BMA junior doctors executive committee will now decide whether to back the plan later today.  

    Read the full statement here

  53. Question on impact of spending cuts

    Urgent question

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    Labour MP Louise Ellman, who chairs the transport select committee, asks if the cuts to the Department for Transport announced in the Autumn Statement will effect the delivery of HS2.

    Patrick McLoughlin says that the cuts will not make a difference to the project. 

  54. Green Investment Bank privatisation

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    The next set of government amendments concern plans to privatise the Green Investment Bank (GIB).

    The coalition government established the bank to make commercial investments in green infrastructure projects.

    "GIB needs further capital to continue its green mission," Baroness Neville-Rolfe says.

    The minister calls the bank "one of the success stories of the last government", but claims that "government ownership is holding back GIB's ambition".

    Baroness Neville-Rolfe
  55. No HS2 station for Stoke on Trent

    Urgent question

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    Patrick McLoughlin
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    Replying to Labour MP Tristram Hunt, the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says he is launching a consultation on compensation for those whose properties will be effected by the scheme.

    Mr McLoughlin says Stoke will still benefit from HS2, as it is "just up the road" from Crewe.

    Read more about the government's HS2 announcement here.

  56. Government amendment

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    Debate begins on a government amendment to enable "grants, loans, guarantees or indemnities" to be paid to UK Government Investments Limited.

    This is a limited company with the Treasury as sole shareholder.

    Business, Innovation and Skills Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe says the government wants to ensure the company's "culture is suitably commercial".

  57. HS2 Birmingham to Crewe link planned to open six years early

    From the BBC News website

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    The government has announced plans to open a 43-mile section of the HS2 high-speed rail link between Birmingham and Crewe in 2027, six years earlier than originally hoped for.

    Crewe has been chosen above Stoke-on-Trent as the next key staging post on the route to Manchester.

    Improving transport links with the north of England is a key part of the government's transport policy.

    Read more here.

  58. HS2

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    Labour MP Tristram Hunt asks for a statement on the newly announced route for the second phase of HS2. 

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says that he is launching a consultation on compensation for those whose properties will be effected by the scheme.

    Tristram Hunt says he is disappointed his constituency of Stoke on Trent will not be getting a station.

  59. Enterprise Bill debate begins

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    Today's legislation is the Enterprise Bill at report stage.

    The bill contains measures on deregulation, or "cutting red tape" and measures aimed at helping small businesses.

    The bill would establish a conciliation service to handle business-to-business disputes, in particular late payments from larger businesses to small businesses.

    Report stage allows peers to table amendments to the bill, which may be voted on.

  60. Labour on Syria

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  61. Teacher shortage

    Education questions

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    Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell asks if there is "a growing teacher shortage in our schools."

    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says people on all sides of the House should recognise the contribution teachers make, and attacks those who "talk down" the profession.

  62. Tipping question

    Lords questions

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    Lib Dem peer Lord Rennard asks a question on restaurant service charges, raising concerns that staff are not benefiting fully from customers' tips.

    Government spokesman the Earl of Courtown says some "tipping practices are not as they should be" and the government will examine the results of a consultation that ended on 10 November.

    Labour spokesman Lord Stevenson of Balmacara says tips should not infringe on employees being paid a living wage.

  63. Education and the EU

    Education questions

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    SNP MP Hannah Bardell says a vote to leave the EU would mean that EU education funding would be lost.

    Education minister Nick Gibb replies that the government is working to renegotiate Britain's membership of the EU.

    He adds that the government believes Britain's "best future" lies within a "reformed European Union".

  64. Silk Commission

    Lords questions

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    Plaid Cymru peer Lord Wigley says the draft Wales Bill does not deliver on the recommendations of the commission chaired by Sir Paul Silk to examine more powers for the Welsh Assembly.

    Lord Wigley says Sir Paul has expressed "immense disappointment" that the bill "fails to deliver on the unanimous cross-party agreement of the commission on devolution to Wales".

    Minister Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth says the bill seeks primarily to deliver on the St David's Day Agreement rather than the Silk Commission recommentations.

  65. Congratulations on a cross party engagement

    Education questions

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    Sam Gyimah
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    Answering a question from Independent MP Natalie McGarry, Education Minister Sam Gyimah offers her congratulations.

    He says "I congratulate her on her recent engagement to a Conservative councillor. I didn't think these things were possible, but yet another reminder that we are better together."

    "Better together" was the slogan of the the campaign against Scottish independence during last year's referendum.

  66. Accident prevention question

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    Labour peer Lord Jordan puts the second question, asking ministers to take action in the light of the investigation by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine into the part that accident prevention could play in relieving pressure on accident and emergency departments.

    Emergency doctors and safety campaigners are calling for a national scheme to help parents prevent injuries to toddlers in their own homes, arguing it would reduce pressure on A&E and save the NHS more than £40m.

  67. Cuts for sixth form colleges

    Education questions

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    Shadow education minister Gordon Marsden asks about funding cuts for sixth form colleges.

    Minister Nick Boles says that the cuts were far smaller than Labour had been claiming they would be, and that tax changes announced in the autumn statement would help the colleges.

  68. 'Quite a nerve'

    Lords questions

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    Lord Pearson of Rannoch

    UKIP peer Lord Pearson of Rannoch says Lib Dem Lord Wallace "has quite a nerve" to ask a question on reducing the number of ministers.

    The "real abuse", he suggests is the Lib Dems' "massive over-representation in this House", which they can use to "defeat the will of the elected chamber".

    Minister Lord Bridges does not comment on Lord Pearson's suggestion that 70 Lib Dem peers resign.

  69. "Full consultation" on school funding

    Education questions

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    Stephen Twigg
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    Labour MP Stephen Twigg says the "devil will be in the detail" of the new school funding formula, he asks if disadvantaged pupils in urban areas will face cuts.

    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says there will be a "full consultation" about the changes.

  70. Call for cut in the number of ministers

    Lords questions

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    Liberal Democrat peer Lord Wallace of Saltaire asks what plans the government has "to reduce the number of ministers in the House of Commons proportionately to the intended reduction in the overall number of members".

    Cabinet Office Minister Lord Bridges of Headley says the government will keep the number of ministers "under review" as it proceeds with plans to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600.

    "The other place does a very good job but I would like to pay tribute to this place," Lord Bridges says, to murmurs of approval from peers.

  71. Second Conservative introduced

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    Baroness McGregor-Smith

    Baroness McGregor-Smith is the second Conservative peer to take the oath today.

    Ruby McGregor-Smith is chief executive officer of facilities management and property services company Mitie.

  72. Changes to school funding

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    Conservative MP Laurence Robertson asks about the introduction of a new school funding formula.

    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says the government will "move quickly" to ensure that "low funded" areas will be getting more resources soon.

    Read more about the changes here.

  73. New peer takes the oath

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    Baroness Finn

    Baroness Finn is the first of today's two Conservative peers to take the oath.

    Simone Finn was a special adviser to former Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, now (Lord Maude of Horsham).

  74. Davis Cup tribute

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    Speaker Bercow, a tennis enthusiast, begins the day with a tribute to Britain's Davis cup winning team.

    Mr Bercow was a successful junior tennis player, and has written a book on the subject.

  75. Commons business today

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    The House of Commons will sit at 14:30 GMT, and begin with questions to ministers from the Department for Education.

    These will be followed by an urgent question on the High Speed Two rail line, then a ministerial statement on the junior doctors contract in England.

    The main business of the day will be a backbench business debate on the UK's role in the Middle East.

    The day will end with a short debate on relations between Scotland and Malawi, tabled by the Scottish National Party MP Patrick Grady.

  76. Today in the Lords

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    The House of Lords will sit from 14.30 GMT, when Conservatives Baroness Finn and Baroness McGregor-Smith will take the oath.

    Then, peers put questions to ministers on topics including the Silk Commission on more powers for Wales, and restaurant chains' policies on tipping.

    Today's main business is the conclusion of report stage debate on the Enterprise Bill.

    After that, Health Minister Lord Prior will repeat a Commons statement on junior doctors' contacts, before peers take part in a final debate on the marine environment in the North Sea.