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Summary

  1. Education Secretary Justine Greening questioned by MPs
  2. Day in chamber began with International Development questions
  3. PMQs at noon, then UQ on Concentrix
  4. Debate on NHS sustainability and transformation plans
  5. Lords examined Policing and Crime Bill

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By Sam Francis, Esther Webber and Ros Ball

All times stated are UK

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  1. End of Commons business

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Rail Minister Paul Maynard

    Rail Minister Paul Maynard replies that since the tram extension opened last year "it is already boosting the local economy and supply levels".

    While there are "immense number of positives" from the project he concedes that it has "caused disruption".

    He says a "lessons learned report" will be published shortly.

    And that is the final comment in the House of Commons, MPs will be back at 9.30am tomorrow for Transport questions.

  2. Soubry: Not anti-tram, but 'anti-what hapenned'

    Adjournemtn debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Former business minister Anna Soubry

    Former business minister Anna Soubry says while she is "not anti-tram" she is "anti what has happened".

    The infrastructure project cost "£570m, came in eight months late" and left important shopping areas "in a stranglehold of construction", leading to lost business. 

    She calls for ministers to "look at what has happened" to make sure "what has undoubtedly been a nightmare" does not happen again.

    The people in the area felt they had no voice because groups using aliases on-line and offline "had created a bad atmosphere", she says. 

  3. MPs begin debate on Nottingham tram extension

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    And with that we turn today's adjournment debate - the final business in the Commons - on the Nottingham Express Transit phase two tram extension to Toton, led by Conservative MP Anna Soubry.

    While she is not "anti-tram", she says the tram extension has been "an unfortunate and unacceptable tale of woe for two years and eight months". 

  4. MPs reject Labour Motion

    NHS debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs have voted against endorsing Labour's motion criticising the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans by 280 votes to 195. 

  5. MPs vote on Labour motion

    NHS debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    David Mowat runs out of time and the Labour motion is put to a vote. 

    There's no clear winner in the oral vote to a division is called to allow MPs to file out of the chamber and register their vote in person. 

    MPs to file out of the chamber and register their vote in person.
  6. Minister: STP a 'planning mechanism'

    NHS debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Health Minister David Mowat

    Care Minister David Mowat says the Labour party appears to "genuinely believe that an organisation that provides care to 45 million people should not do planning".

    The STP is a "planning mechanism" that creates a NHS that is "care driven, properly funded and locally driven", he says. 

  7. 'Reorganisation behind closed doors'

    NHS Debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Shadow health minster Justin Madders

    Shadow health minster Justin Madders says STPs represent "yet another" reorganisation of the NHS, but with the added concern of taking place "behind closed doors".

    The STP footprints are simply replacing the "strategic health authorities" introduced by Labour and "scrapped by the Coalition", he says. 

    STPs are being asked "to go further than anyone has ever done before" in finding efficiencies, but have "no statutory basis", have seen no consultation and "no public scrutiny", he adds. 

  8. MP denounces 'final piece of privatisation puzzle'

    NHS debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Labour MP Margaret Greenwood

    Labour MP Margaret Greenwood argues that STPs are "a key part of the government's plans to drive through privatisation".

    The 2012 Health and Social Care Act removed the duty of the Health Secretary to secure a comprehensive health service in the UK, she tells MPs.

    Given the savings they are being asked to make she argues that STPs are "vehicles for cuts", being "carried out in private" and being delivered "at arm's length from the Secretary of State" who no longer has responsibility.

    This set of circumstances is the "final piece of the privatisation puzzle", she argues. 

    She calls on the government to "put up their hands and admit they've been rumbled".

  9. MP suggests rise in NI payments to fund NHS

    NHS debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Conservative MP Jeremy Lefroy

    Conservative MP Jeremy Lefroy suggests increasing the higher rates of national insurance to raise funds for the NHS.

    Echoing the comments of some MPs from both sides of the chamber, Mr Lefroy says "we spend too little of our GDP on health". 

    This "hypothecated tax" - a tax earmarked for a certain purpose - will directly increase the amount of GDP spent on the NHS, he says. 

  10. What are STPs?

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Medics move a patient through a corridor on a gurney

    As in previous years, NHS organisations are required to produce annual operational plans.

    But this year "health and care systems" - made up of NHS providers, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), and local authorities - have been asked to produce an additional multi-year Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). 

    The STP must show how local services will develop and become sustainable over the next five years – ultimately delivering the NHS Five Year Forward View vision, which includes £22bn of efficiency savings.

    To deliver these plans the "health and care systems" have been divided into 44 "STP footprints", based on regional areas rather than around individual institutions.

  11. Government was prepared for 'only one outcome'

    Chilcot Inquiry and EU Referendum

    Select Committee

    Parliament

    Cheryl Gillan
    Image caption: Cheryl Gillan

    Cheryl Gillan MP asks the Cabinet Secretary about whether more could have been done before the EU referendum to make a plan which she says "felt as if the government was prepared for only one outcome".

    Sir Jeremy says that question needs to be addressed to politicians, but he says: "There's something in our system that makes politicians very reluctant to put their names to two different scenarios."

    The committee session closes with a thanks from the chair to Sir Jeremy Heywood.

    Sir Jeremy Heywood
    Image caption: Sir Jeremy Heywood
  12. STPs leaked to the BBC

    NHS debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Medic writes notes

    Before today's debate a series of NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans were leaked to the BBC, which proposed ward closures, cuts in bed numbers and changes to A&E and GP care in 44 areas.

    NHS England, which needs to find £22bn in efficiency savings by 2020-21, said reorganising local services is essential to improve patient care.  

    The STPs are being drawn up by local health and social care leaders, and many remain unpublished.

    They were asked to find potential savings and efficiencies at the end of last year to meet financial targets set out by the former Chancellor George Osborne and NHS England head Simon Stevens.

    Read more here.

  13. 'No way to create engagement'

    NHS debate

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    Parliament

    The Chair of the Health Committee, Sarah Wollaston, complains that government have not been open with the public about the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans.

    She says it is a shame that the plans were "leaked to the press" leading to the hashtag #SecretNHSPlans - "that's no way to create genuine engagement".

    "Every major re-organisation of the NHS has shown that if you take people on the journey with you they are more likely to support it," she tells MPs.

    Chair of the Health Committee Sarah Wollaston
  14. SNP welcome principle of STP

    NHS debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    SNP health spokeswoman Philippa Whitford says she "welcomes" the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) - which mirror the health system in Scotland.

    This is chance to "stop the fragmentation and re-integrate the NHS" as long as the public are involved at an early stage and the STP areas are chosen wisely, she says.

    Though budgeting is not "the biggest sustainability issue facing the NHS" she complains that there are "perverse incentives that make people only consider their own budgets, rather than looking after everyone" in the NHS.

    SNP health spokeswoman Philippa Whitford
  15. 'Damaging' view of civil service

    Chilcot Inquiry and EU Referendum

    Select Committee

    Parliament

    Crossing over into Brexit territory, Bernard Jenkin asks why, given that Brexit was a huge subject for the civil service to deal with, and that Iraq and Afghanistan were also large complex subjects, he wonders why they were not given similar structures. 

    Sir Jeremy says it is a perfectly good proposal. 

    The committee then move on to discussing Brexit fully. When questioned about purdah - the 28-day moratorium before all polls - Sir Jeremy says he thinks there was an "unfortunate, innaccurate" view that the civil service was operating in a biased way. 

    He goes on to say that this was "damaging" and that he wishes it had been debated more openly.

    Sir Jeremy Heywood
  16. 'No proposals yet'

    NHS debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Health Minister Philip Dunne

    Health Minister Philip Dunne says he will seek to "correct some of the misconceptions revealed" by Diane Abbott's speech.

    In 2015 the NHS leadership asked for £8bn of additional cash "in excahnge for £22bn of efficiency savings up to 2020", he tells MPs.

    Hospitals have been asked to "come together with their providers across health economies to develop a strategy for addressing challenges in their areas" which will form the Sustainability and Transparency plans (STPs) .

    He says there have been "no proposals at this point", but adds that all proposals will be "subject to a public consultation".

  17. 'Debate or a monologue'

    Point of Order

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle

    Diane Abbott is steadfastly refusing to take multiple requests to intervene from the Conservative benches, but has taken a few from her own side, much to the increasing annoyance of Tory MPs.

    Trying to make a point, Conservative MP Richard Fuller raise a point of order to ask if ministers are required "know the difference between a debate and a monologue".

    Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle says that it is for him to decide and asks that there be no more "pointless points of order".

  18. Months not years

    Chilcot Inquiry and EU Referendum

    Select Committee

    Parliament

    Conservative MP Cheryl Gillan asks Sir Jeremy Heywood when the civil service will have a pronouncement on the lessons learnt from the Iraq inquiry and now the Libya report.

    Sir Jeremy says work is underway, but he doesn't know. 

    Mrs Gillan says: "It won't be several years like the Chilcot report will it?"

    Sir Jeremy says he hopes it will be a matter of months, not years.