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Summary

  1. The week began at 14:30 GMT with work and pensions questions.
  2. Then there was a statement on the weekend's flooding in Cumbria.
  3. Then MPs moved on to the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill, which gives more powers to English regions.
  4. In the Lords there were questions on; abortion, human rights, refugees and cyber crime.
  5. The bulk of the day was taken up with debate on the Welfare Reform Bill.

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By Aiden James and Chris Davies

All times stated are UK

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  1. Lords adjourns

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Ramsbotham withdraws his amendments and the House adjourns.

    It will meet at 14:30 GMT tomorrow and begin with the introductions of Baroness Fall and Baroness Primarolo.

    There will then be questions on UK action in Syria and Iraq, the pneumococcal vaccination programme, adoption, and the Business Growth service.

    The main business of the day will be the committee stage of the Scotland Bill.

    There will also be a short debate on kinship care.

  2. Minister says government tackling 'root causes of poverty'

    Welfare Reform Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Freud
    Image caption: Lord Freud

    Minister Lord Freud says the government's approach will deal with "the root causes of poverty", rather than treating the symptoms.

    He urges peers to withdraw their amendments.

  3. Goodnight from the Commons

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The House of Commons adjourns for the night.

    MPs return tomorrow from 11:30 GMT for justice questions and to consider whether to accept or reject amendments to the European Union Referendum Bill made by the House of Lords.

    The Commons will also debate EU cross-border cooperation to tackle serious and organised crime.

  4. Labour says child poverty target needs to be reinstated

    Welfare Reform Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord McKenzie

    Shadow work and pensions spokesperson Lord McKenzie of Luton says the amendments concerning which aspects of welfare policy the government should report on are important, because they will drive the focus of future governments.

    He argues that changing the child poverty target to exclude measures of household income is a mistake and the opposition will try to change this in later amendments.

    If the bill passes, the government will still have to report on levels of child poverty but this will be defined by factors such as educational achievement, rather than household income.

  5. Oil clubs aim to reduce fuel poverty in Ceredigion

    From the BBC News website, 25 November 2014

    Oil tanker

    A pilot scheme encouraging people living in mid Wales to club together to bulk buy oil is aiming to reduce fuel poverty and promote energy efficiency.

    The Club Cosy project is overseeing 10 oil buying syndicates in Ceredigion, which are run by volunteers.

    Ceredigion council said people living in rural areas were twice as likely to be living in fuel poverty.

    The Welsh government is funding the scheme, and lessons learned will be rolled out across the country.

    Read more.

  6. Crossbench peer: Sanctions cause distress

    Welfare Reform Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Cross bench peer Baroness Meacher says the quality of service in Jobcentres across the country is "variable", and that some staff were "callous" when sanctioning claimants.

    She says unfairly imposed sanctions will cause "distress", particularly to those with children.

  7. Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs approve the new appointments to the House of Commons Members' Fund and Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams opens the night's final business.

    His adjournment debate concerns the development of domestic oil purchasing syndicates.

    Mr Williams says such syndicates have enabled members to save money and reduce the risk of falling into fuel poverty.

    Mark Williams
  8. House of Commons Members' Fund

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill passes its third reading and MPs move on to consider a motion to appoint Trustees to the House of Commons Members' Fund.

    The fund was "initially set up to provide for discretionary grants to be made by the Trustees to ex-Members of Parliament who have attained 60 years of age and who have had 10 years service as Members, their widow/ers and orphan children under sixteen".

  9. 'Scarred by timidity'

    Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Shadow communities secretary John Trickett says Labour will support the bill but the legislation is "scarred by timidity" and lacks ambition.

    He suggests it was "shaped by Number 11 rather than shaped in our great cities and in the villages and counties of England too".

    Mr Trickett says Labour achieved more in government with its devolution of powers to Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and London.

    He argues that the UK is over-centralised, adding that "the government's cuts to flood defences" would not have been made if decisions "had been devolved locally".

  10. Reporting requirements

    Welfare Reform Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Ramsbotham
    Image caption: Lord Ramsbotham

    Cross bench peer Lord Ramsbotham is introducing a group of amendments which add extra reporting requirements to those already in the bill.

    The bill as introduced requires the government to report to Parliament on:

    • Progress towards achieving full employment

    • Progress towards achieving 3 million apprenticeships in England

    • Progress with the Troubled Families programme

    Lord Ramsbotham's amendments would add requirements for the government to consider the effect of unemployment on ill health, and of poverty on children's development.

  11. Third reading

    Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Report stage of the bill concludes and the House embarks on a brief third reading. This stage gives MPs a final chance to debate the general principles of the bill.

    Communities and Local Government Minister Greg Clark says that "to proceed at the speed of the slowest has hampered efforts at devolution in the past".

    Instead, he argues, ministers are inviting regions of England to put forward "ambitious" proposals.

  12. Amendment withdrawn

    Welfare Reform Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Freud
    Image caption: Lord Freud

    Minister Lord Freud says that the documentation published along with the bill is satisfactory for the purpose of assessing its impact.

    He urges the Bishop of Portsmouth to withdraw his amendment.

    The bishop agrees to withdraw, but says he hopes more work can be done on assessing the impact of the bill.

  13. The noes have it

    Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs reject Labour's amendment on elected mayors by 290 votes to 195.

    A backbench Conservative amendment which would require a referendum before a combined authority can have a mayor is rejected without a division, as deafening cries of "No!" are enough to defeat it.

  14. Division on elected mayors

    Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs now divide on another Labour amendment, which specifies that devolution deals must not be dependent on a combined authority area having an elected mayor.

  15. Bishop of Portsmouth wants a 'clear analysis' of the bill's impact

    Welfare Reform Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The Bishop of Portsmouth
    Image caption: The Bishop of Portsmouth

    Baroness Sherlock withdraws amendment 11 and peers move on to amendment 21, introduced by the Rt Rev Christopher Foster, the Bishop of Portsmouth.

    The amendment would require the government to produce a report on the effect of limiting tax credits to two children within six months of the Welfare Bill becoming law.

    He says he is seeking "a clear analysis of the impact" of the bill.

  16. Votes at 16 defeated again

    Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Labour's amendment to allow votes at 16 in local elections is rejected by 289 votes to 197.

  17. Division on votes at 16

    Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs are voting on Labour's amendment to reintroduce to the bill a minimum voting age of 16 in local elections.

  18. Changes to Universal Credit

    Welfare Reform Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers have returned to the committee stage of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill.

    Labour's Baroness Sherlock is introducing amendment 11. The amendment exempts children born before 6 April 2017 from the two child tax credit limit when the new Universal Credit benefit is introduced.

    Universal Credit will replace several existing benefits with a single payment.

    Read more about Universal Credit here.

  19. 'Responsibility' of the health secretary

    Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Alistair Burt

    Health Minister Alistair Burt tells MPs that any devolution of health budgets would have "appropriate safeguards" with  "a clear line" of responsibility back to the health secretary.

    If the health secretary is not satisfied that a combined authority is succeeding in its healthcare duties, "it is his duty to take those powers back", Mr Burt adds.

  20. Government says UK defence 'based on Nato'

    Defence co-operation

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Baroness Anelay
    Image caption: Baroness Anelay

    Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay says Nato is the "bedrock" of the UK's defence and the United States is the UK's "pre-eminent" security partner.

    She states the government would oppose any EU measures which would lead to "duplication" of Nato capacities.

    However, she adds that building more co-operation between Nato and the European Union is a "high priority", and notes that EU sanctions on Russia have been an "important" part of the response to the crisis in Ukraine.