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Summary

  1. MPs question Culture Secretary Karen Bradley
  2. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox to also take questions
  3. Peers begin oral questions at 11am
  4. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid makes a statement on local government finance

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By Patrick Cowling and Kate Whannel

All times stated are UK

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  1. Lords adjourn

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The motion to regret is withdrawn, after minister Baroness Williams of Trafford responds to the concerns raised by Lord Rosser.

    With that, the House of Lords adjourn for the day and, indeed, the week. 

    MPs will be back tomorrow morning at 9.30am for consideration of private members' bills but peers will not return until 2.30pm on Monday.

    Until then - good evening.

  2. Labour criticise lack of detail on statutory instruments

    Regret motion

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Labour's Lord Rosser is now moving a motion to regret a reported "deficiency" in the explanatory notes accompanying statutory instruments coming from the Home Office.

  3. Banning order for MPA

    Statutory Instrument

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Baroness Williams of Trafford moves another statutory instrument, which seeks to extend a temporary banning order on the psychoactive substance Methiopropamine - known as MPA - which is reported to have similar effects to methamphetamine.

    The extension is so that officials can determine how and if to control the substance permanently, she says.

    The order is approved.

  4. Baroness Chisholm leaves the frontbench

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    Baroness Chisholm, who has been answering from the dispatch box for the government today, is standing down from the frontbench. 

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  5. MPs adjourn for the day

    House of Commons

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    House of Commons clock

    Culture Media and Sport Minister Tracey Crouch seeks to assure MPs that the government recognises the importance of historic ships.  

    She notes that the HMS President Trust has made applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund; however, she says the fund is an arms length organisation and therefore she cannot get involved.

    MPs will return tomorrow at 9:30am for debate of private members’ bills on topics including violence against women and double taxation treaties.

  6. Group proscription passed

    Statutory Instrument

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Labour and Liberal Democrat spokespeople offer their support for the measures, with Lib Dem Baroness Hamwee saying that although her party believes in free speech, she believes that this organisation's actions take away from the right to free speech of the rest of the population.

    The statutory instrument is passed without division.

  7. Adjournment debate begins

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Julian Lewis

    Conservative MP and chair of the Defence Committee Julian Lewis has tabled this debate on the preservation of HMS President and other historic warships.

    HMS President is one of the few surviving Royal Navy vessels from World War I.

    Dr Lewis tells MPs that the warship now faces "a real and imminent" prospect of being scrapped.

    In 2017, he says "she will probably meet her breaker".

  8. Far-right group banning order

    Statutory Instrument

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Home Office Minister Baroness Williams of Trafford is moving a statutory instrument that seeks to add a far-right group to the list of proscribed terrorist organisations in the UK for the first time. 

    The minister calls the group being proscribed, National Action, a "racist, neo-Nazi group" and gives a brief summary of the actions of members of the organisation. 

    She says the group has "crossed the threshold from extremism to terrorism".   

    Following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, a branch of the group tweeted praise for her killer, Thomas Mair, who has been jailed for life after being found guilty of murder.  

  9. Debate on broadband concludes

    Broadband debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Louise Haigh

    The SNP's Ronnie Cowan tells MPs that it is hard to predict what technologies will be used in the future. He recalls that as a child in the 1970s he was promised he would be using a jet pack - "to my eternal sadness I did not get one".

    Labour's Louise Haigh says the benefit of new technology "is clear" and expresses disappointment that the Digital Economy Bill failed to cover online abuse and data protection. She says Labour is happy to support the government's intent but would like to see more ambition. 

    Minister Matt Hancock says that the government is committed to building a country "that works for everyone" and as part of that commitment the USO aims to ensure ensure that no one is "digitally excluded". 

  10. Minister: Government is taking 'decisive action'

    Driving with mobile phones debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

    Transport Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon begins his reply to the debate by saying that the government is taking "decisive action" in a variety of ways. 

    He says that the government has introduced legislation to increase penalties for driving while using a mobile phone from 3 to 6 licence points, and the fine from £100 to £200 - with an aim for the new penalties to be effective from 1 March 2017.  

    Lord Ahmad also tells peers that there will be a specific Think! educational campaign to raise awareness and inform drivers when the new measures come into force which will assess how best to target child and teen audiences. 

    The minister also says that the Ministry of Justice has an open public consultation on the subject, which he urges peers to contribute to.

  11. Labour: Government need to enforce the law

    Driving with mobile phones debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Tunnicliffe

    Labour's Lord Tunnicliffe praises Baroness Pidding for helping to raise awareness on how dangerous using a phone while driving is.

    He says it is ten years since Labour introduced the offence of using a mobile phone whilst driving, and tells peers that there must be a push to make the habit as socially and culturally unacceptable as drink driving now is. 

    He calls for offenders to face the possibility of disqualification by the courts and other tougher penalties to demonstrate the severity of the offence and the "heartbreak" it can cause. 

    Lord Tunnicliffe says there is also a need to educate drivers that using a phone while driving is a serious offence.

    He also warns that there is a "problem of the government's own making" - namely that the last part of the puzzle is enforcement. "It doesn't matter how severe the penalty is if it is never used."  

  12. Victims' Commissioner warns of 'misery' caused to victims

    Driving with mobile phones debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Baroness Newlove

    The Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales, Baroness Newlove, says no-one should be under any illusion about the "untold damage and distress" that these actions cause.

    She quotes a recent RAC survey that found 31% of respondents admitted to using their phone behind the wheel; this is up from 8% in 2014, she says.

    It might seem harmless, she tells peers, but the truth is these actions can cause "so much misery" and victims find their lives are "shattered".  

    The impact on victims needs to be much better understood, Baroness Newlove says, and goes on to tell the minister she welcomes the fact that penalties on drivers are being toughened up.

  13. USO does not 'go far enough'

    Broadband debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Drew Hendry

    The SNP's Drew Hendry tells MPs that the Scottish government has committed to delivering "100% superfast broadband".

    He compares this with the universal service obligation which offers "just 10mbps - the minimum requirement on today's need".

    He tells the government they should be looking at delivering for the requirements of tomorrow.

  14. Former judge warns against stricter sentences

    Driving with mobile phones debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Woolf

    Crossbench peer and former leading judge Lord Woolf tells the government to bring home to the public the dangers involved in driving whilst using a mobile phone and to push the issue up the police's agenda.  

    He goes on to warn the minister not to create more offences and not to increase reliance on imprisonment, saying that we have a problem in our prisons today which is "very related" to the number of people serving sentences. 

    "By unwise legislation we have increased sentencing penalties continuously," he says. 

    Lord Woolf warns against interfering with the "whole pattern" of sentencing that has been devised so that there is a relationship between sentences and offences. 

    He concludes by saying that the government must not extend the embrace of the heaviest sentences to circumstances other than the ones where it is "strictly appropriate".  

  15. Labour peer calls for electronic jammers to be fitted in cars

    Driving with mobile phones debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Labour's Lord Campbell-Savours calls for the introduction of mandatory electronic jammers for mobile phones to be wired into the electrics of cars in such a way that prevents tampering by the owner. 

    The jammers could prevent the use of a mobile phone while it is moving, he suggests. 

    He says that this should be a mandatory policy, with commercial vehicles like vans and lorries "first in line" for installment. 

    "We need mandatory intervention because that is the only way that we will save lives" he says.  

  16. USO could be a 'lifeline'

    Broadband debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Matt Warman

    The debate has been tabled by Conservative MP Matt Warman who says that for those with broadband, shopping is cheaper, government is more accessible, and "culture is on tap".  

    However for those without good broadband speeds the universal service obligation (USO) "could be a lifeline", he says. 

    He says that without the USO Britain's "digital divide" will become "too wide to bridge". 

    Done right however, he believes that the USO will be the foundation for the UK to become "a digital nation" and usher in a "new industrial revolution." 

  17. Lorry driver Tomasz Kroker jailed over four-death crash

    31 October 2016

    Tracy Houghton, her son Ethan, stepdaughter Aimee Goldsmith and younger son Josh
    Image caption: Tracy Houghton, her son Ethan, stepdaughter Aimee Goldsmith and younger son Josh were all killed in the crash

    A lorry driver who killed a mother and three children while distracted by his phone has been jailed for 10 years.

    Tracy Houghton, 45, died instantly along with her sons Ethan, 13, and Joshua, 11, and her partner's daughter Aimee Goldsmith, also 11, when Tomasz Kroker smashed into stationary traffic.

    Judge Maura McGowan said his attention had been so poor he "might as well have had his eyes closed".

    Kroker, 30, was scrolling through music selections at the time of the crash.

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  18. Debate on the use of handheld mobile devices whilst driving

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Baroness Pidding

    The statement is over and Conservative peer Baroness Pidding opens her debate, raising "the case for adequate measures to ensure the reduction of road traffic accidents caused by motorists using handheld mobile devices whilst driving".

    She raises the case of Tracy Houghton, who was killed along with three children when a lorry driven by a man distracted by his phone collided with their vehicle.

    "The fact is, this could happen to anyone as unfortunately, too many people are guilty of using handheld devices behind the wheel," the Tory peer says.

    Baroness Pidding welcomes the option of life sentences for people who kill others while using mobile devices when driving.