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Summary

  1. MPs met at 2.30pm for Education questions, followed by an urgent question on shipbuilding on the Clyde.
  2. There were two statements: on junior doctors' industrial action and on BHS entering administration.
  3. Then it was on to consideration of Lords' amendments to the Immigration Bill.
  4. Peers began their day with questions, and then conducted third reading of the Trade Union Bill.
  5. The Housing and Planning Bill reached its fifth day of report stage.

Live Reporting

By Kate Whannel, Patrick Cowling and Claire Gould

All times stated are UK

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  1. House adjourns

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The message from the Commons to the Lords is delivered and received by bewigged parliamentary clerks and with that the House of Lords adjourns for the evening.

    Peers will return tomorrow afternoon for oral questions at 2.30pm, followed by committee stage scrutiny of the Driving Instructors (Registration) Bill and legislative ping-pong on the Energy Bill and Immigration Bill as peers debate amendments made by MPs to their own amendments.

    Until then - good night.

    House of Lords
  2. Order! Order!

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    And that concludes business in the House of Commons.

    Join us tomorrow when MPs will be debating House of Lords reform and the Policing and Crime Bill.

    Business in the Commons kicks off at 11:30am with questions to the Justice Secretary.

    House of Commons clock
  3. Swayne: Long term aid helped emergency relief

    Nepalese earthquake debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Labour's Gareth Thomas raises concerns that a large amount of the money promised to Nepal by donors has not been received.

    He calls on the UK government to stay with the Nepalese on their journey to reconstructing the country.

    International Development Minister Desmond Swayne notes that "the one piece of international development effort that the popular press actually approves of is our relief for disasters in emergency".

    However he argues that the aid given to Nepal over the years improved the relief effort when the disaster hit.

    Desmond Swayne
  4. Awaiting a message from the Commons

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The House of Lords has adjourned briefly while peers await a message from the Commons regarding votes tonight in that chamber where MPs have disagreed with Lords amendments to the Immigration Bill.

  5. The end of report stage

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Baroness Williams of Trafford responds to the bill for the last time at report stage saying "we end report as we began - discussing the principle of many of the policies within the bill".

    Speaking to the issues of process raised by Lord Lisvane and Baroness Hollis, the minister says she understands their concerns but argues that the amendments which have been tabled will "place delay upon delay on the building of new homes".

    Lord Lisvane agrees to withdraw his amendment, saying "these amendments raise lessons for the future rather than a final skirmish at report stage".

  6. 'We have failed to scrutinise this bill'

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Labour's Baroness Hollis of Heigham, who has been a vocal opponent of the bill, gives an impassioned speech against what she calls the "inadequate process" that has brought this bill forward.

    Baroness Hollis says that in terms of process rather than content, "this is the worst bill I've come across in 25 years in this House".

    She says there has not been proper pre-legislative scrutiny or legislative scrutiny and there will not be post-legislative scrutiny. 

    Baroness Hollis lays no blame with the minister, who she says has been "very accommodating" but argues that the bill has been rushed through "a year too early".

    She finishes by saying simply "we have failed to scrutinise this bill".

    Baroness Hollis of Heigham
  7. Adjournment Debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Labour's Gareth Thomas brings the day in the Commons to an end with an adjournment debate marking the first anniversary of the Nepal earthquake.

    On 25 April 2015 a 7.8 magnitude quake hit Nepal's capital Kathmandu and surrounding areas.

    More than 8,000 people were killed by the earthquake and in the 120 aftershocks which followed.

    Very few of the estimated 800,000 buildings destroyed in the quake have been rebuilt.

    Nepal earthquake
  8. 'Accepting delay to get things right'

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Lisvane

    The former Clerk of the House of Commons Lord Lisvane is moving the last group of amendments for consideration at report stage for the Housing and Planning Bill.

    Amendment 138 seeks to remove the immediate commencement date on provisions on vacant high value housing in the bill.

    Lord Lisvane is lamenting the lack of draft bills being brought forward before legislation is brought before the House, saying "sometimes one must accept delay in order to get things right".

    "Getting things right means following the logical process of formulating policy, consulting upon it, finalising it and then putting it into draft legislation with all the key areas of policy being on the face of the bill."

  9. MPs reject Lords Amendment 59

    Immigration Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs vote to disagree with Lords Amendment 59 by 303 votes to 60.

    Speaker John Bercow then asks the House if they agree to all remaining Lords amendment which they do without a vote.

    And that brings to an end the votes on the Immigration Bill.

    House of Commons
  10. MPs vote on asylum seekers' employment

    Immigration Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    It's a carbon copy of the last result with MPs approving the motion to disagree with Lords Amendment 85 by 302 votes to 266.

    Now MPs are voting on a motion to disagree with Lords Amendment 59.

    This amendment permits unrestricted access to the labour market for asylum seekers in the UK if their asylum claim has been outstanding for 6 months or more, regardless of whether the delay is of their own making.

  11. 'The right to develop'

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Conservative peer Lord True has moved his amendment 128YE, which also has the support of the Labour frontbench

    The amendment would give local planning authorities "the right to develop in the local interest" - namely the right to compulsory purchase, after a six-month period, land it deems unused or underused that is owned by public bodies such as government departments, transport providers etc.

    Government minister Lord Bridges of Headley says that although he is sympathetic, the government thinks the power should sit with the secretary of state rather than with local authorities.

    Lord True
  12. Lords amendment rejected

    Immigration Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs have approved the motion to disagree with the Lords on imposing a limit on the detention periods 302 votes to 266 producing a majority of 36.

    And another vote is called.

    This vote is on a motion to disagree with Lords Amendment 85. The amendment would prohibit the detention for immigration purposes of pregnant women.  

  13. Compulsory purchase amendments

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Viscount Younger of Leckie

    Minister Viscount Younger of Leckie moves a substantial group of amendments relating to provisions on compulsory purchase orders in the bill. These are largely technical amendments with snappy designations such as amendment 128YAS and 128YCX.

    There is no debate or division on the amendments in this group, as peers seem content to let them pass.

    Viscount Younger of Leckie thanks peers for "hearing about 90 technical, and in places, rather arcane amendments about compulsory purchase".

  14. 'Achieving quantity and quality'

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The co-signatory of the amendments seeking to extend powers in the New Towns Act to local authorities Lord Best rises to offer his support for the proposals.

    He says "as we enter the final furlong for this bill's report stage I'm delighted we have positive amendments here to propel one really important way of achieving quantity and quality in the new homes which this country so badly needs and deserves". 

    The amendments are passed unopposed.

  15. MPs reject Lords amendment

    Immigration Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs have voted in favour of the motion (304 votes to 268) rejecting the Lords amendment which sought to change the rules concerning overseas domestic workers.

    Another vote is immediately called. This one concerns Lord Amendment 84 which imposes a limit on the period of time a person can be detained.

    MPs are voting on a motion to disagree with the amendment.

  16. MPs vote on overseas domestic workers

    Immigration Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs move swiftly on to vote on the motion disagreeing with the Lords Amendment 60.

    Lord Amendment 60 would allow overseas domestic workers to change their employer whilst in the UK.

    Overseas domestic workers are those who are admitted to the UK as domestic workers of overseas employers or diplomats.