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Summary

  1. MPs question Culture Secretary Karen Bradley and team
  2. Business statement outlines forthcoming bills and debate
  3. Statement on Sky and 21st Century Fox merger
  4. Statement on Public Administration Committee's report on lessons to be learned from the Chilcot Inquiry
  5. The Health Committee's report on suicide prevention examined
  6. Debate on energy later
  7. Peers meet at 11am for questions
  8. Orders and regulations considered; followed by debate on Commonwealth

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By Kate Whannel, Esther Webber and Ben Butcher

All times stated are UK

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Lords adjourn for the week

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And that wraps up the day in the Lords. Peers return on Monday for oral questions followed by debate of the Digital Economy Bill. 

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Collins: Commonwealth countries are partners, not an empire

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Shadow international development minister Lord Collins of Highbury says that in uncertain times it will be important to focus on relationships with Commonwealth countries.

"As partners," he stresses "not as the former empire".

Speaking for the government Baroness Mobarik says the "global reach and extraordinary diversity" of the Commonwealth means it has "immense potential" to tackle challenges such as global corruption, extremism and climate change.

Purvis: We cannot dictate to other countries

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Responding for the debate Lib Dem Lord Purvis of Tweed identifies two themes that have emerged - human rights and trade.

On human rights, specifically anti-gay laws, he acknowledges that the Commonwealth is made up of independent nations.

"We cannot dictate their legislation anymore than they can ours," he says. However he stresses the need for more "open dialogue".

Baroness Flather defends Commonwealth Secretary-General

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Crossbencher Baroness Flather begins her speech with a defence of the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland.

She notes concerns reported in the press and accusations that Baroness Scotland is "very greedy".

Why, asks Baroness Flather, "because she wanted the same salary as her predecessor?"

Should she accept lower pay just because she's a woman, wonders the peer.

Lord Popat calls for a Commonwealth Bank

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Conservative Lord Popat says Brexit provides an opportunity to rekindle a relationship with "an amazing group of nations".

He urges the government to establish a Commonwealth Bank to support major infrastructure projects.

Commonwealth is 'a natural home' for Ireland

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Conservative Lord Lexden uses his speech to urge Ireland to rejoin the Commonwealth.

He believes that if it did it would find "an utterly different organisation" from the one they left 70 years ago.

The Commonwealth is "a natural home" for Ireland, he says adding "they belong within our family".

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Former World Trade Organization director Pascal Lamy says that trade would be "more costly" if the UK left the EU with no deal.

Lord Sheikh optimistic of Commonwealth trade ties

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Lord Sheikh praises the diversity of the Commonwealth and says the UK should "drive forward a progressive and ambitious agenda" during the summit. 

He says he can "personally vouch" for the level of interest from Commonwealth countries in forming trade agreements with the UK post-Brexit. 

He also welcomes the potential for renewed attention towards Commonwealth migrants and the new skills and talent it can bring. 

Commonwealth can be 'a stable anchor in turbulent times'

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Lord Chidgey says that the Commonwealth can be "a stable anchor in turbulent times" by working together to prevent extremism. 

He also says that the Commonwealth offers an array of economies to work with and the UK should relaunch its links with these countries after recent neglect.  

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Commons adjourns

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MPs have wrapped up their day early with no adjournment debate. They're not sitting tomorrow and will return on Monday. 

UK must stand up on LGBT rights

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Lord Cashman says that some Commonwealth nations have been "deeply resistant to change" on LGBT issues. 

He says that LGBT communities are not treated with the respect of the law and face the worst kinds of discrimination and violence, but when the UK tries to intervene in the issue they are accused of "neo-colonialism".

He calls for the UK to stand up for LGBT rights and put pressure on these countries in their future relationship with the Commonwealth. 

Minister brands energy price rises 'unacceptable'

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Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Minister Jesse Norman says he's "concerned" at consumers paying over the odds for energy and the price rises instituted recently by the "big six" suppliers are "not acceptable". 

"The government has worked very hard with Ofgem to improve competition," he tells MPs. 

He points to the "league table" for energy suppliers and access to data as two innovations which will increase transparency and make it easier to switch. 

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Gadhia: Invite Japan to join the Commonwealth

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Conservative Lord Gadhia offers three suggestions to improve the Commonwealth.

Firstly he says the organisation should "aggressively add new members" such as Japan, the Gulf States and some European countries. 

Secondly, he wants to see the establishment of a Commonwealth bank which would focus on global trade finance. 

Thirdly he says the leadership of the organisation should be reviewed. The role of the Secretary-General should be seen as "a top global role", he adds. 

Labour: Energy market is broken

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Shadow energy minister Alan Whitehead responds to the debate for Labour, saying that MPs who have spoken this afternoon agree on "just how broken the present energy market is".

"The energy market as it stands is not transparent," he says, arguing this frustrates efforts to work out what fair pricing would look like. 

A price cap which allows competition to remain would be a good idea, he suggests. 

Frozen pensions in Commonwealth 'a national shame'

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Lib Dem Baroness Benjamin uses the debate to raise the issue of frozen state pensions which can affect those claiming a British state pension who live in the Commonwealth.

In the UK pensions rise in line with prices, wages or at least 2.5% (also known as the triple lock) but those living abroad do not receive any such uprating.

Baroness Benjamin describes this as "a national shame and a great injustice". 

Energy companies 'exploit loyalty'

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The SNP's Patricia Gibson says this afternoon's debate on energy prices is "long overdue". 

She tells MPs that customers in the north of Scotland tend to pay 8% or 9% more than those in the south.

"Loyalty is treated as something to be exploited rather than rewarded" by energy companies, she claims. 

Switching can currently take up to 21 days, she continues, "for which I cannot see the justification". 

Flint: there is a 'crisis of confidence' with energy customers

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Labour's Caroline Flint criticises a lack of transparency in British energy firms which is leading to "a crisis of confidence."

She accuses the companies management of avoiding "effective change", happy to take advantage of their "monopoly" status. 

She calls for a "protective tariff" for customers and a database whereby customers can be offered cheaper tariffs by other companies. 

She says that the government are the only ones with the power to act as "consumer champions" and must step in immediately.