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Summary

  1. Peers questioning government ministers
  2. Consideration of Commons amendments to two bills
  3. Third reading of bills relating to technical and higher education
  4. Debate on Labour Brexit motions

Live Reporting

By Esther Webber and Gary Connor

All times stated are UK

  1. Peers pass two Brexit motions

    Brexit debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Brexit Minister Lord Bridges of Headley questions whether the motions are necessary given the "clear willingness and commitment to keep this House updated" and ministers' resolve to "make a success" of negotiations. 

    He points out the government has already said both Houses will get a vote on the final Brexit deal. 

    But peers agree both motions without a vote. 

  2. Government urged not to 'swerve' Brexit scrutiny

    Brexit debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Smith

    Labour's Lords leader Baroness Smith of Basildon takes issue with the Lib Dems' comments, asking if they had forced Brexit amendments, "a few people would've missed their trains but what would it have achieved?"

    She says the joint committee proposed by Labour could allow Parliament to use its skills and experience on cross-party basis to advise on Article 50 negotiations.

    She urges the government not to "swerve" the issue.   

  3. Lib Dems support guarantees for EEA nationals and new committee

    Brexit debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Ludford

    Lib Dem Europe spokesperson Baroness Ludford outlines her party's support for the motions before the House. 

    She takes the opportunity to rebuke Labour for not backing their effort to write these guarantees into law as part of the Article 50 bill.   

    The first motion requires a minister to report by the end of this session on the progress made towards guaranteeing EEA nationals' rights. 

    The second motion proposes the establishment of a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons to consider options for any votes in Parliament on the outcome of the negotiations on Brexit. 

  4. Third Conservative backs Labour motions

    Brexit debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    A third Conservative, Baroness Wheatcroft, backs Labour's motions on Brexit. 

    No peer has spoken against the motions, making for a rather one-sided debate.  

  5. 'Do not refight same Brexit battles'

    Brexit debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Conservative Lord Cormack tells peers they should not "fight and refight the same battles" on Brexit. 

    "We are where we are," he continues, and the UK must "guarantee the rights of EU nationals" in the hope of reciprocation, he adds. 

  6. Peer says EEA nationals 'living in anxiety'

    Brexit debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Oates

    Labour also receives support from the Lib Dems, with Lord Oates predicting "a joint committee could play a very useful role" in examining Parliament's role in the final Brexit deal. 

    He says it is necessary to give reassurance to EEA nationals and their families, as "millions are living in anxiety". 

  7. Conservative peer backs Labour motions

    Brexit debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Conservative Viscount Hailsham, one of the Brexit bill rebels, backs both Labour motions. 

    He says the EU referendum was a licence for "the prime minister to negotiate the best possible terms for exit" and if there is a "serious shift" in public opinion there must be a second referendum. 

  8. Labour calls for ministers to report on EEA nationals' rights

    Brexit debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Hayter

    Labour's Brexit spokesperson in the Lords, Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town, is opening a debate on two motions relating to defeats suffered by the government during the passage of the Article 50 bill.

    The first motion requires a minister to report by the end of this session on the progress made towards guaranteeing EEA nationals' rights. 

    "We've already seen there are not going to be any secrets," she says, citing Donald Tusk's letter, "so our motion will not expose secrets."

    The second motion proposes the establishment of a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons to consider options for any votes in Parliament on the outcome of the negotiations on Brexit. 

  9. Peers approve Higher Education and Research Bill

    Higher Education and Research Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Debate on the Higher Education and Research Bill concludes with government spokesman Viscount Younger giving more details on when law enforcement agencies will be allowed access to universities. 

    He says these powers will be "appropriately limited", after peers sought extra safeguards.

  10. Age data should be published, minister says

    Higher Education and Research Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Government spokesman Viscount Younger of Leckie assures peers that "we fully anticipate age will be part of data published by the Office for Students", following concerns raised by Lord Wallace. 

    Lord Wallace then withdraws his amendment without a vote. 

  11. Bid for age transparency

    Higher Education and Research Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lib Dem Lord Wallace of Tankerness introduces an amendment which would require transparency data provided to the Office for Students to include a student's age.

    "I think this is a small amendment," he tells peers.

    "I'm not holding my breath for the government to respond to this positively."

  12. Peers debate higher education

    Higher Education and Research Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers now move on to the third reading of the Higher Education and Research Bill.

    The bill makes it easier to create new higher education institutions and a new technical excellence framework. 

    The bill has already cleared all stages in the Commons. 

    Students
  13. Peers debate technical education measures

    Technical and Education Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers now move on to debating the Technical and Education Bill.

    The bill, which has already cleared all stages in the Commons, aims to simplify the technical education sector and extends the remit of the Institute of Apprenticeships.

    If the bill clears this third reading stage unamended, it will be sent for Royal Assent and become law. 

    Female engineers
  14. Religious views should be respected - government minister

    Children and Social Work Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Education Minister Lord Nash winds up for the government on this group of amendments.

    "We believe that it is right that the religious views of parents and children should be respected," he tells peers.

    However, Lord Nash says that it would be "unacceptable" if teachers allowed their religious views to influence what is taught to pupils.

  15. Labour credits Justine Greening for sex education move

    Children and Social Work Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Shadow education spokesman Lord Watson of Invergowrie welcomes the move towards compulsory sex and relationship education. 

    He says it comes after cross-party pressure and that Justine Greening's arrival as education secretary also "played a part". 

    He takes issue with Lord McColl's argument, suggesting parents can play a "complementary" role in concert with teachers.

  16. State seeking to 'replace parents' on sex education

    Children and Social Work Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    McColl

    Conservative Lord McColl of Dulwich says the move towards compulsory sex and relationship education was introduced "late" and the policy is "troubling".

    He says he's "not convinced the two subjects can be separated in the way the government suggests" and warns the state is trying to "replace the role of the parent". 

  17. Bishop welcomes compulsory sex and relationship education

    Children and Social Work Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Bp Peterborough

    The Bishop of Peterborough welcomes the move towards compulsory sex and relationship education, but stresses the importance of involving parents in children's education at every stage. 

  18. Sex education plans praised as 'brave'

    Children and Social Work Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Labour's Baroness Massey of Darwen pays tribute to the government's "bravery" in legislating for compulsory sex and relationship education. 

    She asks for assurance that it will comply with equalities legislation by incorporating lessons on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender relationships.