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Summary

  1. MPs and peers debated private members' bills.

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By Julia Butler

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all for today

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    The House of Commons has adjourned for the day.

    Don't forget to join us on Monday for more live coverage from both Houses of Parliament.

    See you then - goodbye.

  2. Minister: 'Green infrastructure' vital

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    Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis pays tribute to Andrew Gwynne's "energetic" campaign for his residents.

    Mr Lewis says local authorities must always provide appropriate infrastructure but affirms that "green infrastructure", such as trees and green spaces, play a vital role in place-making.

  3. Residents feel 'under siege'

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    Labour MP Andrew Gwynne is raising the issue of relaxed planning rules that are impacting on Haughton Green in his Tameside constituency of Denton and Reddish.

    Haughton Green is becoming an "urban village" after a great deal of large-scale infrastructure building and there is now "very little green space", he tells the House. 

    Residents feel they are "under siege", he says.

  4. Moving on

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    Time does not allow for any further debate on private members' bills.

    Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle gives Andrew Gwynne the floor to move his adjournment debate on the relaxation of planning rules. 

    Adjournment debates are an opportunity for an individual backbench MP to raise a constituency issue. 

  5. Ellwood: EU referendum 'once in a generation moment'

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    Minister Tobias Ellwood says it is clear the British people "are not happy with the status quo". 

    The prime minister has delivered a deal to prevent the UK becoming part of a "European superstate," he says.

    "This is legally binding and irreversible" and he hopes the British people will "seize the once in a generation moment", he concludes. 

  6. Purdah period

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    Tory MP Sir Edward Leigh intervenes on the minister to ask "when will the purdah period begin?"

    "Purdah begins 28 days before the vote itself," Mr Ellwood tells him. 

    The purdah period is a long standing convention whereby governments refrain from making any major announcements in the run-up to general elections or other polls to avoid influencing their outcome.  

  7. Other nations 'puzzled' - minister

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    Minister Tobias Ellwood rises to respond for the government.

    He begins by acknowledging that Parliament needs to play a greater role in ensuring British people are "fully aware of the important work" that goes on in Brussels. 

    Mr Ellwood says many people "are yet to make up their mind", but scaremongering tactics "won't bode Britain well" during a time when our allies are watching closely, he says.  

    "The worst thing that can happen is we descend into an American-style presidential election."

    He tells MPs there is "some puzzlement" amongst other nations as to why Britain, who has a long history of playing a "pivotal role" in global affairs, would consider leaving the European Union. 

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  8. Labour: Bill 'waste of taxpayers money'

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    Shadow Europe Minister Pat Glass tells MPs it would be "more appropriate" to have a cost-benefit analysis of this morning's proceedings, rather than of Britain's membership of the European Union.

    She tells the House that the Labour Party are "firmly united" on this issue and believe that Britain is "stronger, safer and more prosperous" in the European Union.

    As the bill will unlikely be progressing any further, the debate this morning "been a complete waste of taxpayers' money", she remarks.

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  9. What's the bill about?

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    You can see more about the passage of the bill here.

    The bill seeks to promote access to innovative medical treatments by providing for the establishment of a database of innovative medical treatments; and by encouraging responsible innovation by doctors in relation to the carrying out of medical treatment.

    Read more here.

    And you can read more about Lord Saatchi's previous attempts to get his bill through Parliament from our correspondent Mark D'Arcy's blog here.

  10. Lord Saatchi outlines bill's remit

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    Over in the House of Lords, Lord Saatchi is introducing the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill at second reading.

    The bill originally passed all stages the House of Lords, but was interrupted in its progress by the 2015 general election. 

    It was taken up again, post election, by Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris and is now beginning its passage through the House of Lords.

  11. Referendum will bring 'closure'

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    Tory MP Sir Edward Leigh says the forthcoming EU referendum should bring "closure" to the long-disputed issue.

    Sir Edward disputes claims that leaving would be "risky" and gives his full support to the bill, which would require the government to commission an independent analysis of remaining a member of the economic and political partnership.

  12. Prison population 'through the roof' from free movement

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    Conservative MP Philip Davies argues that the UK needs measures in place to stop EU nationals coming and committing crime.

    Mr Davies cites the free movement of people as a principle which has caused the prison population in the UK [of EU nationals] to go "through the roof".

    The idea that our national security is enhanced by being in the EU is "fanciful", he adds. 

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  13. Friday in the Commons

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    Friday sittings in the House of Commons are always dedicated to private members' bills

    Many members choose to spend Friday in their constituencies instead, which is why the green benches often appear sparsely attended.

    At the moment, the EU Membership Bill is being debated. There are very few Labour, Lib Dem, SNP or MPs from other parties in the House this morning - and most of those sitting on the Conservative backbences appear to be in favour of leaving the European Union.

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  14. 'Broken promises'

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    Making his case for Britain to leave the EU, Mr Chope says the PM has failed to bring net migration down "to the tens of thousands", as he promised in the Conservative Party's 2015 manifesto. 

    The MP refers to figures released yesterday showing that net migration to the UK from the EU remains near record levels.

    These "shocking" figures show it is in "our absolute best interests" for Britain to leave the European Union, he says.

  15. Government data 'biased'

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    Mr Chope says he is concerned that government data published in the run up to the referendum will become a "biased source" of information.

    Conservative MP Philip Hollobone offers his support and says "spin is already being trotted out" by the government.

    More information on both the 'Leave' and 'Remain' campaigns can be found here.

  16. Bill 'overtaken by events'

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    Mr Chope welcomes the forthcoming EU referendum on 23 June. 

    The bill has been "overtaken by events" but he says it is a necessity that there is "open debate" about Britain's future in the European Union. 

    The Conservative MP says he is delighted that his friend and the former Conservative leader Michael Howard, has decided to join the 'Leave' Campaign.

    Read more about this here.

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  17. EU Membership Bill

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    Christopher Chope is on his feet again to introduce another private members' bill: the EU Membership Bill (Audit of Costs and Benefits) Bill.

    The bill is sponsored by Conservative Peter Bone, who Mr Chope says has "been waiting for this opportunity for a very long time", but can't be in the chamber today.

    The bill requires an independent audit of the benefits and costs of UK membership of the European Union.

  18. Bill withdrawn

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    Christopher Chope withdraws his bill, and says he is "delighted" with the minister's response.

    However, Mr Chope says he will resurrect the bill if there has been no progress on the issue by the next Queen's Speech.

  19. Minister: Bill is 'forward thinking'

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    John Penrose, the Cabinet Office minister responsible for elections and electoral registration rises to respond.

    The bill is "forward thinking and far sighted", he says. 

    The minister remarks there is a "need to drive up registration" amongst all under-represented groups, whether they reside in the UK or abroad. 

    Mr Penrose cites concerns about internet voting and says "the stakes could not be higher". He argues that in our secret ballot system, it would be a difficult to decipher votes that are fraudulent. 

    "I hope technology will at some point be ready," he adds. 

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