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Summary

  1. MPs debate ratifying Istanbul Convention against domestic violence
  2. Peers debate Homelessness Reduction Bill

Live Reporting

By Alex Partridge

All times stated are UK

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  1. Commons Adjourns

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    commons clock

    And so the week in Parliametn comes to an end and the House of Commons has adjourned. 

    MPs return at 2:30pm on Monday for Communities and Local Government questions. 

    The main business of the day are debates on the level of government spending on flood prevention and health and social care.

    You can find out more about the week ahead here in our parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy's blog . Hope you can join us then. 

  2. Sexual health teaching 'key part' of PHSE

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    Education Minister Caroline Dineage pays tribute to Mike Freer's work as chair of the parliamentary group on HIV and AIDS.

    She says HIV is extensively taught, including in biology lessons. In PHSE, sexual health teaching is "a key part" and "doesn't encourage early sexual experimentation", it "enables young people to be mature" and undersatnd the reasons for "delaying sexual activity".

  3. Adjournment debate begins

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    Mike Freer

    Time on the Awards for Valour Bill runs out at 2.30pm during a speech by the Conservative MP Christopher Chope. 

    The Commons now moves to the last business of the week, an adjournment debate by Conservative MP Mike Freer. He's raising the issue of awareness of HIV in PSHE lessons in schools.

    He says "there are now more people living with HIV than ever before" in the UK, more than 100,000. 

    He says HIV is now a predominantly heterosexual virus, now mostly transmitted by unprotected sex, which is why it's important to teach teenagers about it in schools. He adds that part of the problem is that young people "feel invincible".

  4. Davies 'trying to talk the bill out'

    Awards for Valour Bill

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    Gareth Johnson

    Conservative MP Gareth Johnson, the main sponsor of this bill, intervenes in Philip Davies' speech. 

    He says it's "quite clear to me what he's trying to achieve, he's trying to talk the bill out" with "wrecking amendments...not based on logic". 

    He adds that the bill has support from the opposition and the SNP and asks why he's trying to prevent it becoming law.

    Philip Davies says his amendments are "all in order" and have been selected for debate by the Speaker. He says that process of dealing with amendments "takes as long as it takes".

    Later, Gareth Johnson intervenes again to ask if Mr Davies thinks it's sad that on Remembrance Sunday this year "any individual can parade in front of widows, families and loved ones, wearing medals they have not received" because he has "filibustered this bill"?

    Philip Davies replies that he's "trying to improve this bill" which was originally a "dog's breakfast". 

    He goes on to accuse Mr Johnson of talking "a load of old nonsense"

  5. 'All sorts of rubbish' spoken in pubs

    Awards for Valour Bill

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    Philip Davies

    Conservative MP Philip Davies is arguing that the bill, while well intentioned, is misconceived. It's intended to stop people claiming to have fought in wars and received bravery awards when they haven't.

    Philip Davies has a number of amendments down to modify the bill, including one that insists it's only illegal to wear a medal you haven't earned in a public place, and another that excludes public houses from the scope of the bill because "pubs are places where all sorts of rubbish is spoken".

  6. MPs pass Preventing Violence Against Women Bill

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    The bill passes third reading by 138 votes to one, provoking cheering and applause from the SNP benches.. It will now move on to the House of Lords for further consideration.

    MPs are now moving on to Conservative MP Gareth Johnson's Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill. The bill is intended to prevent people wearing medals "with the intent to deceive".

    Philip Davies, who frequently opposes private members' bills (including the previous one debated today), has a series of amendments tabled to this bill. He says he disagrees with the bill and finds it "deficient".

  7. MPs vote 'aye' to having a vote...

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    Chris Pincher
    Image caption: Government whip Chris Pincher announces the result

    The closure motion passes by 135 votes to three. Since more than 100 MPs took part, that means that debate on third reading has finished, and MPs are now voting on the legislation itself.

  8. Division!

    Preventing Violence Against Women Bill

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    MPs are now voting on a closure motion - effectively they are voting on whether to have a vote on the legislation.

    If passed, there will be another vote on whether to give a third reading of the bill.

  9. MP points out changes to bill during progress through Commons

    Preventing Violence Against Women Bill

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    Conservative David Nuttall is now addressing the bill at third reading. He has opposed the bill so far, and outlines some of the reasons why.

    And he says that the bill has been changed radically since its inception, particularly the insertion of the government clause which removes the "duty" on the government to ratify the Istanbul Convention (see posts below).

    He says there are also changes to the date in which the act comes into force, with no provisions in the bill to tie the government down. "On what date in the future would it be possible for anyone to turn around and look at this act, and say 'ah, the government has not complied with the act'," he asks.

    He says it is effectively so widely drafted, that it poses the question "when it would not be possible for the government to say 'we're not quite there yet'?" he asks.  

  10. 'Milestone on the journey to equality'

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    Eilidh Whiteford

    The SNP's Dr Eilidh Whiteford thanks those who have helped get the bill to this point - including film star Emma Watson, who supported the bill.

    Dr Whiteford says the convention and this legislation do have the possibility of making an impact.

    "We need to recognise that ratification of the Istanbul Convention is a milestone on the journey to equality and justice for women, not an endpoint," she says.

  11. Bill moves on to third reading

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    Government amendment 16 is passed by 132 votes to two.

    Now Speaker John Bercow moves onto government amendment 17 - that passes without division.

    And that's consideration of report stage done and dusted and we move on to third reading.

    SNP's Eilidh Whiteford stands to thank those who have helped with the bill's progress.

  12. Division!

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    Government amendment 14 is passed by 135 to three.

    Now government amendment 15 is moved - and that is passed without division.

    Government amendment 16 is called by Speaker John Bercow - this is pushed to a vote.

    And so MPs make their way towards the voting lobbies.

    Remember, you can follow every step of the bill's progress and the amendments which are being voted on by looking at the bill documents .

  13. MPs endorse government amendment

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    Division result

    MPs have voted for government Amendment 1 by 137 votes to three.

    The house also endorses some of the other government amendments without a vote but Amendment 14 is opposed.

    It would remove the government's obligation to report annually on measures taken to remain compliant with the Istanbul Convention.

  14. Division!

    Preventing Violence Against Women Bill

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    MPs have now divided to vote on Amendment 1 to the bill, tabled by the government.

    The amendment removes Clause 1 of the bill, which imposes a "duty" on the government to ratify the Istanbul Convention. 

    The SNP sponsor of the bill, Eilidh Whiteford, has said that she supports the amendment "with reservations" because she accepts the government's "good faith" on the issue.

  15. Government should show 'precisely' what is needed for ratification

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    Conservative MP Christopher Chope, who has some amendments down to the bill, says the government isn't being open about the Istanbul Convention. 

    In her speech minister Sarah Newton said that more legislation was needed to ensure the UK can ratify it. Mr Chope says "we haven't heard anything from the government" about "precisely" what measures need to be brought in before the Convention can be ratified.

    He says the government should "come up with a list of what is required".

  16. Leader of the Opposition drops by...

    Preventing Violence Against Women Bill

    Jeremy Corbyn on the front bench
  17. 'Brief' comments from Labour front bench

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    Sarah Champion

    Labour shadow women and equalities minister Sarah Champion says she's going to "be brief, because we've taken years to get to this point".

    She says the Convention is a "step change" in the way violence against women and girls is dealt with and that "successful passage of the bill is hugely significant".

  18. Government's 'absolute commitment' to ratifying Istanbul Convention

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    Sarah Newton

    Minister Sarah Newton says the priorities of the Istanbul Convention already "align with those of the UK". 

    She adds that the UK already goes further than the Convention requires.

    She says there is one outstanding issue, relating to "extraterritorial jurisdiction" (ETJ). She says that the UK already claims ETJ over a number of offences including on FGM and forced marriage, but needs primary legislation to extend this further. 

    Extra-territorial juristiction is when states reserve the right to prosecute their citizens for crimes committed elsewhere.

    Defending government amendment 1, which removes the clause making it a "duty" to ratify the treaty, she says the government supports the intention of the clause and wants to make it "absolutely clear" that it "in no way changes our absolute commitment to ratifying the Convention". 

    She says Clause 1 could be interpreted as pre-empting the will of Parliament over the associated legislation that needs to be brought in, including on ETJ, to help make the UK able to ratify the Convention.