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Summary

  1. MPs continue to debate Budget
  2. Efra and European Scrutiny Committees question ministers
  3. Peers question government ministers
  4. Then Lords look at Higher Education Bill

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By Kate Whannel and Esther Webber

All times stated are UK

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  1. End of business in the Lords

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Labour withdraws its amendment and the Lords adjourns for the night. 

    Peers return tomorrow for questions at 11am.

  2. Government resists separate regulation of universities

    Higher Education and Research Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    For the government, Lord Young says it would be "unprecedented" for a sector to be taken out of the auspices of the Competition and Markets Authority.

  3. Regulating higher education providers

    Higher Education and Research Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Stevenson

    Labour's Lord Stevenson of Balmacara speaks on an amendment designed to transfer regulatory functions relating to higher education providers and students from Competition and Markets Authority to the Office for Students.

    Crossbencher Baroness Deech says higher education is about "collaboration and scholarship" rather than competition. 

  4. Consulting higher education staff

    Higher Education and Research Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Labour spokesman Lord Watson introduces an amendment requiring the Office for Students to consult higher education staff on certain issues. 

    Government spokesman Lord Young says the bill already provides for this. 

  5. Sharing university data

    Higher Education and Research Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Young

    The Labour front bench offers support for Lord Lucas' ideas on sharing university data. 

    Government spokesman Lord Young says while the government wants to encourage transparency the Office for Students will be limited to some extent by data protection rules. 

  6. Call for more open data on universities

    Higher Education and Research Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lucas

    Conservative Lord Lucas introduces an amendment that would enable the Office for Students to publish any information it holds as open data if it considers it to be in the public interest.

    He says he wants to see "an attitude of openness" and a willingness to share data "promptly". 

  7. Assurances offered on university search warrants

    Higher Education and Research Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Government spokesman Lord Young of Cookham assures peers that warrants would only be granted to enter universities in exceptional circumstances. 

    "There are strong safeguards in place to ensure these powers are used rarely," he says.

  8. Policing universities

    Higher Education and Research Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Graduates

    Peers resume report-stage debate on the Higher Education and Research Bill, which aims to set up new universities and promote choice in the sector.  

    The bill allows a justice of the peace to get a warrant to allow authorised persons to enter and search certain registered higher education providers' premises.

    Labour introduces an specifying this should only take place where the suspected breach may constitute fraud, or concerns serious or wilful mismanagement of public funds.

  9. Government spokesperson outlines trade efforts

    UK exports debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Mobarik

    Government spokesperson Baroness Mobarik says ministers are trying to increase the number of businesses fulfilling their export potential through a range of measures, including lending more support to UK Export Finance. 

    She acknowledges the UK can always be more ambitious. 

  10. Labour: UK is lagging behind on exports

    UK exports debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Mendelsohn

    Responding to the debate for Labour, Lord Mendelsohn says the UK "lags behind" on exports and "it is a matter of regret" that it was not prioritised in today's Budget. 

    "Now is the time to make a significant change," he urges. 

  11. Entrepreneur calls for support for female-led businesses

    UK exports debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lane-Fox

    Crossbencher and entrepreneur Baroness Lane-Fox calls for more support for businesses led by women, calling it "low-hanging fruit". 

    She challenges the government to include more women on its international trade missions.

  12. Conservative peer criticises trade deficit

    UK exports debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Conservative Lord Popat says the UK's trade deficit is one of the biggest problems facing us today. 

    He says we need to be more "outward-looking" in order to take advantage of opportunities in emerging markets. 

  13. Peer urges help for 'intangible' economy

    UK exports debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Labour's Lord Haskel focuses his remarks on the "intangible parts of our economy - knowledge, branding, software, data".

    He says "this is the way international business is going" and government needs to look at how to boost support for those areas.

  14. 'Renewed vigour' needed on exports, peer says

    UK exports debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Waverley

    Crossbencher Viscount Waverley opens his debate on increasing the UK's exports.

    He advises that "we need to start a process now" of adjusting to Brexit. 

    He calls for "renewed vigour" and "an increased emphasis on pulling together".

  15. Commons adjourns

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    House of Commons clock

    And that wraps up business for the day.

    MPs return tomorrow at 9:30am for questions to the Brexit Secretary David Davis.

    Debate of the budget will resume in the afternoon.

  16. Government defeated over university appeals process

    Higher Education and Research Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers vote 185 to 115 for crossbencher Lord Judge's amendment.

    It would allow appeals against a decision by the Office for Students to revoke degree-awarding powers to be on the grounds that the decision was wrong rather than "unreasonable" as the bill currently states.    

  17. 20% of DWP space is under-occupied - Minister

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Work and Pensions Minister Caroline Nokes begins by arguing that reducing the amount of under-utilised space is "an excellent way" of ensuring value for money. 

    She says that "increased use of online methods" in recent years has resulted in 20% of DWP space being under-occupied and "this is an opportunity to stop spending money on empty space".

    She adds that this does "not mean a reduction to front line staff".

  18. MPs begin debate on closure of Vinovium House

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The Budget debate is adjourned for the day - it will resume tomorrow after the Business Statement.

    Labour's Helen Goodman now opens her adjournment debate on the "devastating impact" of the closure of Vinovium House.

    Vinovium House is the place of work for 83 Child Support Agency staff.

    Helen Goodman says it would be very difficult for the current staff to travel to other areas such as Newcastle or Sunderland.

  19. Peers vote on university appeals process

    Higher Education and Research Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Judge does not accept the government's point and forces a vote on his amendment that would allow appeals against a decision by the Office for Students to revoke degree-awarding powers to be on the grounds that the decision was wrong rather than "unreasonable" as the bill currently states.  

  20. Former judge labels university appeal plans 'batty'

    Higher Education and Research Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Crossbencher Lord Judge introduces an amendment that would allow appeals to the first-tier tribunal that a decision by the Office for Students to revoke degree-awarding powers shall be on the grounds that the decision was wrong – rather than that it was based on error of fact, wrong in law, or unreasonable as the bill currently states.

    Lord Judge says proving something as unreasonable in law means having to show it's "batty".  

    But government spokesman Lord Young of Cookham says this is the standard to which higher education institutions are held.