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Summary

  1. Exiting the EU questions to David Davis start the day
  2. Urgent question on Yemen
  3. Business statement to follow
  4. Backbench business debates on Statutory Pubs Code; then access to breast cancer drugs
  5. Boris Johnson appearing at Lords select committee
  6. Former PM Gordon Brown at committee
  7. Peers debate Brexit and single market, after questioning government ministers

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By Kate Whannel, Aiden James and Julia Butler

All times stated are UK

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  1. House adjourns

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The orders and regulations are agreed and the House of Lords adjourns.

    That's it from Westminster from today but both Houses are sitting tomorrow to consider private members' bills.

    Commons business begins at 9:30am with the report stage and third reading of Conservative MP Bob Blackman's Homelessness Reduction Bill.

    The Lords will debate Conservative peer Lord Shinkwin's Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill from 10am.

  2. Election 2017: English mayoral candidates

    Mayoral elections map

    On 4 May 2017 six regions of England will hold elections for newly created combined authority mayors.

    These new mayors' remit will cover multiple local authorities, in mostly urban areas. Their powers will extend over the local economy, housing, planning and transport.

    You can check who is running for election in each area here.

  3. Combined authorities and elected mayors

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    Manchester town hall
    Image caption: Plans for an elected mayor in charge of Greater Manchester's devolved powers were announced in 2014

    Finally today, peers consider orders and regulations concerning the elected mayors of combined authorities.

    Councils in England may work together and form a combined authority. So far, seven have been established, including Greater Manchester, Liverpool City region and the West Midlands.

    Three more areas are considering proposals to form combined authorities.

    The government's devolution proposals include the election of mayors and six combined authority regions will hold elections in May.

  4. Minister: UK should engage with the Trump adminstration

    UK's future engagement with the US and UN debate

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    Baroness Anelay of St Johns

    Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay of St Johns says the UK should engage fully with the Trump adminstration.

    While there are areas of disagreement, "fundamentally" the US and UK are "natural allies", she argues.

    Of torture, she says: "We don't condone it. We don't agree with it under any circumstances whatsover."

    Turning to United Nations, she says "the UK has long been one of the most active UN member states" and will continue to play a prominent role post-Brexit.

    She adds that UK meets the Nato target of spending 2% of GDP on defence, and sympathises with calls for other Nato members to spend more.

    Baroness Anelay concludes by saying the UK will use Brexit as an opportunity to be independent and "ever more outward-looking".

  5. How significant is an executive order?

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    Video caption: Mr Trump has signed an executive order to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

    Donald Trump has signed a series of executive orders on the first full weekday of his presidency, including a withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a key part of Barrack Obama's Asia policy.

    Orders Mr Trump has signed since taking office include one to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, another to to ban federal money going to international groups which perform or provide information on abortions, and one for "the immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border" with Mexico.

    So what exactly is an executive order and how significant are they to a president's legacy? Jonathan Turley is a professor of law at George Washington University.

  6. Labour peer on the differences between UK and US policy

    UK's future engagement with the US and UN debate

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    Summing up for the opposition, Lord Collins of Highbury says a series of executive orders signed by President Trump since he took office highlight the differences between United States and UK policy.

    The Labour foreign affairs spokesman says he is concerned that "the prime minister will be prioritising the need for a public statement about a trade agreement" over upholding commitments to "the rule of law" when she meets the US president.

  7. UK 'in opposition to the current thrust of US foreign policy' - Lib Dems

    UK's future engagement with the US and UN debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Wallace of Saltaire

    The election of Donald Trump "puts Britain in opposition to the current thrust of US foreign policy", says Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman Lord Wallace of Saltaire.

    He adds his voice to those who hope that Theresa May will "be robust in warning President Trump of the dangers of his approach".

    He claims that being dependent on the United States under its current leadership is "not a coherent strategy for a post-Brexit foreign policy".

  8. No adjournment debate, MPs adjourn

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Clock

    Onto the adjournment debate... only the MP who has secured the debate, Robert Jenrick, is not in the chamber.

    And so it's an unexpectedly early finish in the Commons.

    MPs will be back tomorrow at 9:30am for the report stage of Bob Blackman's homelessness bill.

  9. Opposition MPs 'obsessed' with process

    Article 50 bill business motion

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    David Lidington accuses opposition MPs of being "obsessed" with process rather than focusing on the key objectives in the negotiation.

    That is what is on the mind of our constituents, he says.

    The motion is agreed to without a vote. 

  10. Peer urges Theresa May to focus on UN and Nato in Trump talks

    UK's future engagement with the US and UN debate

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    Lord Taylor of Warwick

    "Tomorrow, the prime minister will become the first world leader to meet the new president," says non-affiliated peer Lord Taylor of Warwick, a former Conservative.

    He hopes that Nato and United Nations will be high on the agenda for talks, adding: "I do hope the new president will set a new precedent for a stronger and more effective Nato and UN."

  11. Government is 'politicising procedures'

    Article 50 Bill business motion

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    George Kerevan

    The SNP's George Kerevan fears that the government has begun to politicise the procedures of the House.

    He argues that the government is using the crown prerogative to "ram through whatever they want".

    "This is in stark contrast to the history of this chamber."

    The crown prerogative refers to the powers held by the government that may be used without the consent of MPs or peers. 

    Such powers include declaring war or appointing judges. 

  12. What is this motion about?

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Here is the government motion that has provoked this debate:

    Quote Message: That, in respect of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, notices of Amendments, new Clauses and new Schedules to be moved in Committee may be accepted by the Clerks at the Table before the Bill has been read a second time

    The motion allows MPs to table the amendments for the committee stage of the bill.

    Usually amendments can only be tabled after second reading but before the committee stage. 

    Second reading gives MPs their first chance to discuss the general priniciples of the bill.

    Committee stage allows MPs to discuss amendments to the bill. 

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    Video caption: Looking at the division bell system which gives MPs eight minutes' warning for a vote.

    Looking at the division bell system which gives MPs eight minutes' warning before a vote in Parliament.

  14. Government holding Supreme Court judgement 'in contempt'

    Article 50 bill motion

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Stewart Hosie

    The SNP's Stewart Hosie fears that the motion could lead to amendments being either badly drafted or rushed.

    His fellow SNP MP Ian Blackford suggests that, by rushing through the legislation, the government is holding the Supreme Court judgement in "contempt". 

  15. 'Europe has its own mini-Trumps' claims crossbencher

    UK's future engagement with the US and UN debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Crossbench peer Baroness Deech, alleges that the EU has shown "an inability to agree on a foreign policy or to have one at all".

    "Once free from EU entanglement, the UK can make progress," she claims.

    She also warns that "the far right and anti-Muslim sentiment are on the rise in Austria, in Poland, in Croatia, in Hungary".

    She adds: "Europe has its own mini-Trumps."

  16. Former trade envoy: 'We have fundamentally misunderstood Russia'

    UK's future engagement with the US and UN debate

    House of Lords

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    "We have fundamentally misunderstood Russia," says Conservative peer Lord Balfe, who served as a trade envoy for former Prime Minister David Cameron. He thinks that the arrival of President Trump means a chance to "reset relations with Russia".

    It is not returning to communism, he argues, but has adopted a "nationalist, Christian-based form of... a fairly fundamentalist way of looking at the world".

    The Russian government thinks it has the right to have the "countries around it" on side, as does the United States, he continues.

    And Lord Balfe claims that it is not reasonable for the US to spend 3.3% of its GDP on defence "to defend Latvia" which will not spend the same proportion. 

    "If you want us defend you, we're up for it, but you've go to put a reasonable amount of money into the pot."