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Summary

  1. International trade questions starts day followed by women and equalities questions
  2. Urgent question on prisons
  3. Business statement lays out forthcoming agenda
  4. Energy price cap statement, followed by clean growth strategy statement
  5. Debate on Brexit and data protection to end day in Commons
  6. Lords start questions at 11am
  7. Debates follow, including on housing; and the effect of globalisation, technology and demographic change on work
  8. Debates in Westminster Hall on unauthorised encampments and the effect of 30 hours of free childcare

Live Reporting

By Kate Whannel, Esther Webber and Alex Partridge

All times stated are UK

  1. Today in Parliament: energy price cap plan revealed

    Summary

    The government has unveiled draft legislation designed to lower the cost of energy bills.

    The Draft Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariffs Cap) Bill will give energy regulator Ofgem the power to cap standard variable tariffs.

    About 12 million households are on some form of uncapped default tariff, which can cost hundreds of pounds a year more than the cheapest deals.

    However, the price cap is unlikely to take effect before winter.

    Making a statement in the Commons, Business Secretary Greg Clark said the law would send a "clear message to suppliers they must act to put an end to loyal consumers being treated so unfairly".

    Find out more about events in the Commons and Lords on Today in Parliament on Radio 4. You can listen to the programme on on iPlayer here.

  2. Commons adjourns for the week

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs will return on Monday at 2:30pm for questions to the home secretary, and to consider the Nuclear Safeguards Bill.

  3. UK a 'catalyst for change' for disabled people worldwide

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Penny Mordaunt says the UK was one of the first to sign and ratify the convention, also one of the first to sign the optional protocol.

    She says that "disabled people are the most discriminated against and face the greatest obstacles to reaching their potential".

    The minister tells the House that the UK has been a "catalyst for change" in disability policy across the world.

    And she says the UK government has already responded to a lot of the criticisms made in the UN committee report and says there are some misunderstandings within it.

  4. MPs debate UN disabilities convention

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The Commons has moved on to the last business of the week, an adjournment debate on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

    Introducing the debate SNP MP Derdrie Brock says "we have failed" disabled people. She says government policy like Universal Credit is hurting disabled people and creating a "human catastrophe".

    She adds that a report by the UN's committee on disabled people has accused the UK government of "systematic violations" of the rights of people with disabilities.

    Derdrie Brock
  5. UK seeking 'strong' agreement with EU

    Brexit and data protection

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Winding up for their parties both Labour's Kevin Brennan and minister Matt Hancock both pay tribute to Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western's maiden speech - although Matt Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, rejects the idea that Leamington is the happiest place in Britain.

    "I've always assumed that was Suffolk," he says.

    The minister also goes on to chide an MP who suggested the subject of data protection is for "anoraks". Anoraks are "extremely important" items of clothing, he says.

    He goes on to say that there is "no legal barrier" to the EU allowing a post-Brexit UK access to EU data protection authorities.

    He says the UK is "seeking an arrangement at least as strong" as current data agreements with the EU.

    Matt Hancock
  6. Brabin: Policy benefits the wealthy

    Childcare debate

    Westminster Hall

    Tracy Brabin

    Shadow education minister Tracy Brabin cites a Sutton Trust report which found that the 30 free hours offer widens the gap between disadvantaged and wealthier children.

    She seeks a guarantee from the minister that a two tier system will not develop whereby parents who cannot afford to pay for "extras" do not have access to the extra hours policy.

    Minister Robert Goodwill defends the policy arguing that it is helping the lowest paid working parents.

    He says it has allowed families to spend time together "rather than passing like ships in the night".

    Labour's Ruth George brings the debate to an end by urging the minister to meet with providers to hear their concerns.

  7. MPs ponder problems of no deal

    Brexit and data protection

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Labour's Daniel Zeichner says that no-one who voted to Leave voted "to make data transfers more difficult, business more difficult, stop the planes flying, make video games unplayable or find regularly used websites suddenly unavailable". But he says all these things are possible on Brexit day, if no deal is reached.

    Lib Dem Wera Hobhouse says the Conservatives can't claim to be the "party of business" if their MPs continue to say that on Brexit "no deal is better than a bad deal". She says "no deal" is much worse than any possible deal.

  8. Lib Dem MP fears programme will crash

    Childcare debate

    Westminster Hall

    Lib Dem Stephen Lloyd tells MPs that he was "very excited" when the childcare scheme was first launched.

    However he says he now worries that the programme could "crash" due to underfunding.

    He fears this will damage morale and leave the industry "fractured".

  9. Ruth George: Childcare promise is underfunded

    Childcare debate

    Westminster Hall

    Ruth George

    Labour's Ruth George tells MPs that the Conservative manifesto promise of more free hours childcare had been popular in the 2015 general election - and had even pushed the Conservatives ahead in some polls.

    She recalls that at the time Conservatives said the policy would be funded by reducing pension contributions tax relief.

    However she says that at the time of the budget the money was instead spent on cutting inheritance tax.

    As a result, she argues that the number of promised available places has been reduced by two thirds.

  10. Debate on childcare begins

    Westminster Hall

    Crayons

    MPs in Westminster Hall now begin a debate on the effects of 30 hours free childcare.

    The Childcare Act 2016 provides for an additional 15 hours of free childcare for certain working parents.

    Funding for childcare places is a devolved matter and this debate applies to England only.

    Some education charities and nursery providers are warning that the new scheme is underfunded, and that parents may face higher costs and nurseries could close.

  11. MP for 'happiest town' makes maiden speech

    Brexit and data protection

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Matt Western

    Labour's Matt Western, elected as MP for Warwick and Leamington in June, is making his maiden speech.

    He says it's a "great honour" to represent the area and, as is traditional, pays tribute to his Conservative predecessor Chris White.

    He says Leamington has been declared the "happiest town in the UK". The survey was, he says, "carried out after 8 June, which explains everything".

    He says his constituency was an early home of Indian food in the UK and is now a leading hub in the field of gaming and virtual reality.

    He says since his election representatives of local groups like the University of Warwick and Jaguar Land Rover have come to him to express concern about the impact of Brexit on an such an "open" and "multicultural" area.

    With Matt Western having spoken, there are now just two MPs from the 2017 intake who have yet to make a maiden speech.

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  12. Jones: Actions of few should not reflect on the whole community

    Unauthorised encampments debate

    Westminster Hall

    It is right and proper that MPs should be able to speak out on behalf of their constituents, begins Communities Minister Marcus Jones.

    He adds that the antisocial behaviour of the few "should not reflect the whole community".

    Turning to suggestions that trespassing should be made a criminal offence, Mr Jones says the government is open to the idea but adds that it could reduce police discretion.

  13. Fovargue: It is not discrimination

    Unauthorised encampments debate

    Westminster Hall

    Yvonne Fovargue

    Shadow community minister Yvonne Fovargue begins by stating that it is "an unauthorised minority" who are responsible for the problems being discussed today.

    it is not, she says, discrimination to talk about such problems.

    She argues that it would help if there were more areas available for Gypsies and travellers and urges the government, as well as local councils, to invest in new sites.

  14. SNP MP warns against intolerance

    Unauthorised encampments debate

    Westminster Hall

    SNP MP Deidre Brock warns MPs that "prejudice and intolerance" strains relationships between people.

    She says that the kind of rhetoric used in the wider debate has left children at risk.

    She tells the debate about children from a Traveller community who grew up believing it was normal for stones and bottles to be thrown at their caravans.

    Wendy Morton makes a point of order to say that in tabling the debate she is representing her constituents and that she has never used the word ethnicity in relation to the debate.

  15. Wollaston: Police unsure about the law

    Unauthorised encampments debate

    Westminster Hall

    Sarah Wollaston

    Conservative Sarah Wollaston says that often the police are unclear about what their own powers are and calls for greater clarity in the law.

    She also places an emphasis on dialogue between communities.

    She suggests that a group of travellers could appoint someone who could liaise with the local residents.

  16. Data protection standards must be 'guaranteed' on Brexit day one

    Brexit and data protection

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Brendan O'Hara

    SNP spokesperson Brendan O'Hara says data protection "rarely makes the headlines" but the risk of leaving the EU without a deal makes it incredibly important.

    "Robust" legislation is needed to ensure "proper use" of people's personal data, he says.

    He says current levels of data protection must be "guaranteed on day one of Brexit".

  17. 'Complex issues are being racialised'

    Unauthorised encampments debate

    Westminster Hall

    Laura Pidcock

    Labour's Laura Pidcock asks if there is any statistical evidence that shows an increase in anti-social behaviour where Gypsies and travellers move into an area.

    She expresses concern that "complex issues are being racialised".

    She urges MPs to "not let the demonisation of certain communities" get in the way of finding solutions.

  18. Data 'the new oil'

    Brexit and data protection

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Labour frontbencher Kevin Brennan says "in a very real sense data is the new oil in the economy".

    Talking about upcoming data protection legislation, he says he hopes legislation will include an increase in teaching of media and data literacy.

    Conservative backbencher Bob Neill says it's "critical" to "get it right" on data protection to preserve the pre-eminence of the City of London in financial services.