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Summary

  1. MPs asked questions of the Attorney General and the minister for Women and Equalities.
  2. There was an urgent question on whether the government should be seeking assistance from the European Union Solidarity Fund for flood-hit communities.
  3. The general debate was on European affairs.
  4. Peers gathered at 11pm for oral questions; followed by another day of committee stage of the Trade Union Bill.

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By Sam Francis, Chris Davies and Julia Butler

All times stated are UK

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  1. Lords adjourns

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The house of lords has adjourned for the day.

    It will reconvene tomorrow at 10am to discuss private members business, including bills on the NHS and compensation for riot victims. 

  2. Amendments withdrawn

    Trade Union Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Business Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe says she will examine the points raised during the debate on the levy.

    She says there are "safe-guards to contain the amount of investigation the Certification Officer to undertake" which should keep the cost under control.

    The amendments are withdrawn.

  3. Labour attack bill

    Trade Union Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Labour's Lord Mendelsohn says it is important that the cost of the levy "does not spiral upwards".

    He finishes by saying that the bill does nothing for trade unions, employers, the economy or politics.

  4. Cost of Certification Officer

    Trade Union Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Labour's Baroness Doneghy is introducing the final batch of amendments in the committee stage. 

    These concern the levy which trade unions will be charged to fund the Certification Officer.

    She says the levy "could be like student loans" and increase after it has been introduced.

  5. Amendment withdrawn

    Trade Union Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Business Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe says the government will consider the debate in the House before bringing forward more details at a later legislative stage. 

    She asks that the amendment is withdrawn.

    Lord Mendelsohn agrees to withdraw the amendment.

  6. Maximum fines

    Trade Union Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Mendelsohn
    Image caption: Lord Mendelsohn wants the maximum fine faced by unions to be reduced

    And now - Labour's Lord Mendelsohn is moving an amendment which would reduce the maximum fine the Certification Officer can impose from £20,000 to £5,000.

    Liberal Democrat Lord Stoneham says the fines will not raise very much money, as they will only apply to eight to 10 enforcement orders per year.

  7. Yet more technical amendments

    Trade Union Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The amendments are withdrawn, and peers move on to the next lot.

    Labour's Baroness Donaghy moves another set of technical amendments which are designed to simplify the role of the Certification Officer.

    Business Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe says the bill clarifies provisions which already exist in law, and asks that the amendments are withdrawn.

    Baroness Donaghy agrees to withdraw.

  8. Technical amendments debated

    Trade Union Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Stoneham

    Peers are debating two technical amendments about the role of the Certification Officer. 

    Liberal Democrat Lord Stoneham says they will help keep the cost of the regulator down.

  9. Amendments withdrawn

    Trade Union Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Business Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe says that the amendments are "unhelpful" for the unions.

    She argues that the bill contains appropriate safeguards to ensure any investigations are fair.

    The amendments are withdrawn and peers move on to the next batch.

  10. Commons wraps up

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    And with that, business in the House of Commons is brought to a close for another week. 

    MPs will return tomorrow at 9.30am to debate private members' bills, including the Overseas Voters Bill.

  11. Road plans for Glossop

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Transport Minister Andrew Jones says the government have a number of proposals in the Road Investment Strategy which will help ease the congestion around Glossop and High Peak, which he expects will begin being built in 2019-20 and open to traffic three years after that.

    Mr Jones says he is "sensitive to the level of urgency felt" and promises if I he can "bring those dates forward I certainly will try to do so".

    Transport Minister Andrew Jones
  12. Labour support amendments

    Trade Union Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Mendelsohn

    Labour business spokesperson Lord Mendelsohn says the party supports the amendments.

    He says they will prevent time and money being wasted on unnecessary investigations.

  13. Labour peer has 'serious concerns'

    Trade Union Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Baroness Donaghy

    Peers are debating the next batch of amendments to the Trade Union Bill.

    These limit the extra powers the bill would grant to the Certification Officer to investigate complaints against trade unions.

    Labour's Baroness Donaghy says she is "seriously concerned" that the evidence threshold for the Certification Officer starting an investigation is too low.

  14. The 'Loch Ness Monster' of road improvements

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Andrew Bingham calls the Mottram-Tintwistle bypass, which has been put forward as a solution to traffic problems in the area, "almost as fabled as the Loch Ness monster".

    "Governments of all colours have promise to deliver it and have failed," he says.

    He calls on the government to "give us some hope that this process can be conducted with urgency" in the reply to the debate.

  15. Bad to 'catastrophic' traffic

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Conservative MP Andrew Bingham tells MPs he "can't begin to express the sense of frustration that's felt by my constituents" caused by congestion on the roads around Glossop and High Peak.

    He tells MPs that the normally bad traffic was made "even worse" when one of the two roads through Glossop - which links the East Midlands with Manchester and the North East - was closed due to a burst water main. 

    The results, he says, were "catastrophic" and nearly led to a fatality when a child, who had suffered a seizure, experienced an "unacceptable delay because of blocked roads".

    Conservative MP Andrew Bingham
  16. Amendments withdrawn

    Trade Union Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Business Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe says the bill brings the powers of the Certification Officer up to date.

    She asks that the amendments are withdrawn. Peers agree and they move on to the next batch.

  17. Transport infrastructure around Glossop

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs now move to the day's final business, the adjournment debate. Today the short debate is on the adequacy of roads and transport infrastructure around Glossop and the High Peak, led by Andrew Bingham the Conservative MP for High Peak.

  18. 'Kingship with a paper crown'

    Europe Debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Responding to the debate for the government, Europe Minister David Lidington argues that the alternatives to membership of the EU would not be sovereignty but "kingship with a paper crown".

    "The alternatives we see around us are of countries who, in order to get free trade, have to accept not only all EU regulations that govern matters such as free movement without any say in determining them but also have to contribute to the EU budget," he tells MPs.

    Europe Minister David Lidington
  19. Lib Dem: reforms 'not needed'

    Trade Union Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Liberal Democrat Lord Stoneham says the Certification Officer has said there is no evidence of need for change.

    He says the reforms are an unnecessary bureaucracy.