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Summary

  1. MPs started their day with questions to the Business ministerial team.
  2. The Home Affairs Committee took evidence on proceeds of crime.
  3. There were two urgent questions - the first from Labour MP Jo Cox on the situation in Aleppo, and the second on the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
  4. The main business of the day was consideration of Lords' amendments to the Housing and Planning Bill.
  5. Peers met at 2.30pm for oral questions.
  6. They then considered Commons amendments to the Bank of England Bill and the Trade Union Bill.

Live Reporting

By Kate Whannel, Patrick Cowling and Claire Gould

All times stated are UK

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  1. House adjourns

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    House adjourns

    Minister Marcus Jones tells MPs "I do not believe that a blanket ban or cap on letting fees is the answer to tackling the small minority of rogue letting agents".

    He says that the government believes such a cap or ban would likely put up rents and "not benefit landlords or tenants".

    With that the debate comes to an end and the House of Commons adjourns for the evening.

    MPs will return at 11.30am tomorrow - until then, good night.

  2. 'Weeding out the cowboys'

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Communities and Local Government Minister Marcus Jones says the government is committed to creating a "strong and thriving private rented sector", telling MPs that Ministers want to see a "professional buy to let system" in this growing sector of the housing market.

    Mr Jones says the government is committed to "weeding out the cowboys that give letting agents a bad name".

    Marcus Jones
  3. Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Maria Caulfield

    Conservative MP Maria Caulfield is leading the day's adjournment debate on what she calls "the emerging scandal" of letting agent fees and deposits in the private rented sector.

    The MP for Lewes says that her local Citizens Advice Bureau have undertaken research on this issue in her constituency and says that there is a wide range of fees being charged by different estate agencies in her town.

    Ms Caulfield tells the House about the various charges that are being leveled against tenants - including contract renewals, admin costs, and six month tenancies.

    She says that people are often being charged "for little more than a new piece of paper".

  4. Another Lords amendment falls

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Lords amendment 110 is defeated by 285 votes to 164, a majority of 121.

    The result of the division for English and Welsh MPs was 285 votes to 161, a majority of 124.

    Speaker John Bercow deals with the remaining Lords and government amendments to the bill, and no further divisions are called.

    The bill will now be sent back to the House of Lords for approval by peers of the decisions made tonight by MPs.

    Conservative MP Alec Shelbrooke is presenting a public petition on the closure of Garforth Clinic.

  5. Vote on sustainable drainage systems

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs have voted to reject Lords amendment 108 by 286 votes to 163, a majority of 123.

    Of those who voted who represent English constituencies the result was 277 votes to 149, a majority of 128.

    Lords amendment 108 has therefore been defeated by MPs.

    The House immediately divides on a motion to disagree with Lords amendment 110 which seeks to introduce sustainable drainage systems in new property developments.

    The result of the division is expected at 10.30pm.

    John Bercow
  6. Division!

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Housing Minister Brandon Lewis sums up the debate in the few minutes he has left to him and speaks in glowing terms about neighbourhood planning provisions in the bill - calling it "the future of a community being designed and decided by that community".

    His remarks are cut short by the Speaker as we reach 10pm and the amendments are put to MPs.

    The first division in this group of amendments is on a motion to disagree with Lords amendment 108 which seeks to ensure that all new homes in England built from 1 April 2018 achieve the carbon compliance standard.

    The result of the division is expected at 10.15pm.

  7. Speedy speeches

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    House of Commons

    With the debate ending at 10pm come what may - a number of MPs from across the chamber are speaking at speed about the various issues covered by this group of amendments that are important to them.

  8. Sustainable drainage amendment

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Shadow Minister Roberta Blackman-Woods says she is surprised the government do not support Lords amendment 110 which seeks to introduce sustainable drainage systems in new homes.

    "Given all the flooding we have had in this country recently it is very strange that the government is not supporting this amendment" she says, arguing that sustainable drainage systems seeks to "help protect home owners against flooding and delivering wider environmental benefits".

  9. Amendments 'increase burdens'

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The minister is speaking to a number of amendments that relate to carbon emissions, planning permission and sustainable urban drainage systems.

    Brandon Lewis says "I am proposing that this House disagrees with amendments that increase burdens on house builders and are unworkable for those building new homes".

    He argues that a number of the amendments in this group will "slow the pace of how quickly new homes can be delivered".

    Brandon Lewis
  10. That this House do now adjourn

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    And that concludes the day in the House of Lords.

    Peers will return tomorrow at 3:00pm for oral questions.

    Lord adjourn
  11. Voting finishes...for now

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Lords amendment 54 is defeated by 286 votes to 171, a majority of 115. For MPs representing English constituencies, the result of the division was 278 votes to 157 - a majority of 121.

    That is the last division on this group of Lords amendments and minister Brandon Lewis is now speaking to the second group of Lords amendments.

    These amendments will be voted on at 10pm.

    Brandon Lewis
  12. Diverse workforce 'the right thing for the country'

    Black and minority ethnic people in the workplace debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe tells peers that working towards a diverse workforce is "the right thing for individuals, for business and for the country".

    She envisages a situation where there is "no need" for special measures to counteract barriers to the labour market. 

    "One measure of our success as a society will be how quickly we can reach that position".

    Baroness Neville-Rolfe
  13. Another amendment, another vote

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs have voted to disagree with Lords amendment 47 by 288 votes to 172, a majority of 116.

    The result of the vote by English MPs only was 279 votes to 158, a majority of 121.

    The motion to disagree with Lords amendment 47 therefore falls.

    MPs are now voting on a motion to disagree with Lords amendment 54 which relates to giving local councils discretion in introducing pay-to-stay rules rather than having them imposed by government.

  14. Hayter: No all-white FTSE boards by 2020

    Black and minority ethnic people in the workplace debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Labour's spokeswoman Baroness Hayter argues for a number of changes to support a more diverse workforce including encouraging trade union membership and, in some cases, positive discrimination. 

    She stresses the importance of role models "at the top" and supports a target of no all-white FTSE boards by 2020.

    She goes on to lament the lack of diversity in the public sector, noting that the executive board of the civil service is completely white.

    She asks the government to consider 'name-blind' application forms and publication of staff ethnicity figures for the public sector.

    Baroness Hayter
  15. Lords amendment 47

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Lords amendment 47 would allow local councils to replace social housing sold under the provisions of the bill on a like-for-like basis.

    If the government motion to disagree with the Lords amendment is agreed by MPs, then the amendment will fall.

    The result of the division is expected at 9pm.

  16. Lords amendment 9 falls

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs have voted to disagree with Lords amendment 9 to the Housing and Planning Bill by 287 votes to 172, a majority of 115.

    Because the amendment related to England only, there was also a requirement for there to be a majority of English MPs who supported it. For English only MPs 279 voted in favour and 158 against - a majority of 121.

    MPs divide straight away to vote on a government motion to disagree with Lords amendment 47.

    Division result
  17. Division in the Commons

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Lindsay Hoyle

    Housing Minister Brandon Lewis responds to the debate by reminding the House that this bill is a manifesto pledge and "demonstrates the government's commitment to helping those who work hard achieve their dream of home ownership".

    A number of government amendments are passed on the nod but the motion to disagree with the Lords' amendment 9 is put to the vote.

    Lords amendment 9 seeks to allow an English planning authority to only grant planning permission for a residential development having had regard to the provision of starter homes based on its own assessment of local housing need and viability.

    If the government's motion is agreed by MPs - then this Lords amendment will fall.

  18. Warwick: Diverse leadership key to tackling discrimination

    Black and minority ethnic people in the workplace debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Labour's Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe identifies leadership as the key to tackling discrimination in the workplace.

    She is encouraged by the increases in the number of women sitting on the boards of FTSE 100 companies.

    She notes that KPMG said leaders from a wide range of backgrounds was essential to remaining relevant.

    What is true for the boardroom, she tells peers, is true for the workplace.

    Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe
  19. Next mayor needs to tackle housing

    Housing and Planning Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Labour MP and former council leader Catherine West speaks briefly to join other Labour colleagues in pushing for the election of Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London on Thursday, after saying that Boris Johnson's record on housing for those on average incomes has been "pathetic".

    She says that she hopes the next mayor will take an active interest in how to shape communities to make them "the genuinely mixed communities that we want to see rather than the ghettos that these policies could potentially create".

  20. 'A whiter shade of pale'

    Black and minority ethnic people in the workplace debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Non-affiliated peer Lord Taylor of Warwick recalls a time when he was invited to speak at the Institute for Directors about diversity.

    He announced himself as "Lord Taylor of Warwick" to the concierge who responded "Are you the driver mate? You timed it well. You can park on the single yellow after six".

    Lord Taylor says that at the time the song "a white shade of pale" was popular and suggests that the writers may have had this particular concierge in mind - "for that is the colour he turned" when he was put right. 

    Lord Taylor expresses the hope that today such a misunderstanding would not occur.

    Lord Taylor of Warwick