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  1. Summary: Thursday in Parliament

    Housing Secretary Sajid Javid made a Commons statement to brief MPs about today's report from the official Grenfell recovery task force nine months after the fire.

    Mr Javid said it was unlikely that all households will have been permanently housed by the first anniversary of the tragedy in June.

    He told MPs it was "clearly not good enough" and that "living for this long in hotels can only make the process of grieving and recovery even longer".

    Labour's Tony Lloyd criticised the local council - the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea - for its lack of "zeal" in dealing with the problem. He called it a "shameful record" that nine months on 209 families needed rehousing.

    Meanwhile there was a row in the House of Lords when Leaver and Remainer peers teamed up to challenge a minister on reports that UK passports will be made abroad.

    Lord Forsyth and Lord Foulkes tried to force a debate on a statutory instrument on passport fees, a measure that would normally pass without debate. But Home Office Minister Baroness Williams insisted it was not a chance "to ask random questions".

  2. Minister hails unifying role of the Commonwealth

    Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018

    House of Lords


    Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

    Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon says the government has underlined the importance of delivery during the time of the UK's upcoming time in office as chair of the Commonwealth.

    Lord Ahmad hails the "important role of civil society" as a part of the "three pillars of the Commonwealth", observing that it it bridges gaps between communities, races and member states.

    Parliamentary authorities have granted permission to organise an event to host parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth in Parliament in April, and he announces that the speakers of both Houses are now willing to host them.

    "Our chair in office will be defined by how we co-operate," he states.

  3. Emphasise civil society - Labour

    Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018

    House of Lords


    Lord Collins of Highbury

    Shadow Foreign Office Minister Lord Collins of Highbury says that civil society, from churches, to trade unions, remain an important part of democratic life.

    Although the UN's sustainable development goals top the agenda at this year's meeting, he asks for a greater emphasis on role of civil society.

    He points out that consensual same-sex relationships continue to be rejected in 36 Commonwealth countries, which he describes as a "hangover from British colonial rule" .

    He adds that too many women, disabled people and minorities are still marginalised in Commonwealth countries.

  4. UK committed to attracting 'brightest and best'

    NHS and brexit

    Westminster Hall

    Stephen Barclay

    Health Minister Stephen Barclay says there is "consensus across the House" as to how valued the NHS's non British staff are.

    He says that those worrying about EU staff leaving the NHS after Brexit ignore that there are now 3,200 more EU staff working in the NHS now than there were at the time of the EU Referendum.

    He adds that the government is committed to attracting the "brightest and the best" to come to Britain to work from around the world, not just the EU.

    But he says the government is also committed to expanding the UK workforce of the NHS, referencing the announcement of new medical schools in Lincoln, Lancashire, Sunderland, Chelmsford and Canterbury.

  5. Labour: Wrong deal 'extremely damaging' to NHS

    NHS and brexit

    Westminster Hall

    Justin Madders

    Shadow health minister Justin Madders says "the wrong deal or no deal at all will be extremely damaging for the NHS".

    Making reference to the lack of pro-Brexit voices in today's debate he says there's a "lack of ownership, lack of candour, lack of realism" among those who advocated a vote to leave.

    He says his party is concerned at the number of EU citizens who work in the NHS who say they are considering leaving. Added to the gaps there already are in NHS recruitment, he says, it is an "extremely worrying position". He calls on the government to guarantee the right to stay in the UK to EU citizens after Brexit.

  6. 'Collective amnesia' by Labour on the 2008 crash - Minister

    Economy debate

    House of Commons


    Robert Jenrick

    Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick says that there is "collective amnesia" about the failures of the last Labour government. He adds that Ms Dodds' constituency has benefited hugely from government investment in Oxfordshire.

    He says the former International Development Secretary Priti Patel "invoked the spirit of Mrs Thatcher" to set out a vision of renewal for Britain after Brexit.

    He says that the best market the UK has ever known is the UK's own single market - Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland.

    Mr Jenrick adds that the UK has been "living within its means," in order to create jobs needed and has hosted inward investment where necessary.

    Debt is now forecast at 1% lower than the Autumn Budget figure, he says, and foreign direct investment in the UK is third in the world after the US and China.

    He says Labour "have learnt nothing" from the last few years and would destroy fiscal credibility the UK now has.

    "Nothing matters more to our constituents than the security of a job," he states, adding that there are three million more jobs than there were in 2010.

  7. The UK was not 'all in this together' - Labour

    Economy debate

    House of Commons


    Anneliese Dodds

    Anneliese Dodds, Shadow Treasury minister, says that in 2010, the then Chancellor George Osborne said that "we are all in this together".

    She says that eight years on, people now know the opposite is true. People's living standards continue to fall, she says, and last week the current Chancellor Philip Hammond hailed the figures as a turning point but public sector borrowing is still higher than forecast a year ago.

    She says it is "not talking Britain down" to point out that the UK is headed for slower than expected growth in 2020 and 2021.

    When Labour left office the economy was growing, she says, with the second quarter of 2010 the fastest growing since 2008.

    But since then, she says, the UK is now the slowest growing country in the G7.

    She states that the Labour Party is actually being optimistic, by looking at poor growth figures, and saying that Britain can do better.

    She says, according to her estimates, that the government has lost £2.2bn by failing to deal with Scottish Limited Partnerships.

    She says she has "lost count" of the number of business leaders who have spoken to her about the "lack of grip" the government has on the Brexit process.

  8. 'Nothing to be gained' from Brexit for NHS

    NHS and brexit

    Westminster Hall

    Lib Dem Tom Brake is emphasising the lop-sided nature of today's debate. He says "the minister will be alone in trying to find some silver lining in the Brexit cloud" because "none of his supporters have turned up". So far the debate has been almost entirely anti-Brexit MPs.

    The only contribution so far that suggested there would be pros from Brexit, from Conservative David Tredinnick, centred on the opportunities presented for alternative medicine.

    Tom Brake says the lack of argument from the pro-Brexit side shows there is "nothing to be gained from Brexit" for the NHS.

  9. Debate topic changed to Russia for Monday

    National Security and Russia

    House of Commons


    Andrea Leadsom

    Andrea Leadsom, Leader of the House, pops into the Commons chamber to intervene in the ongoing debate on the economy.

    She announces that the topic of the general debate on Monday has been changed to "National Security and Russia".

    The debate will take place after Digital, Culture Media and Sport Questions and Attorney General Questions. It may also be affected by any potential urgent questions or statements made on the day.

  10. EU/UK recognition of medical qualifications 'crucial'

    NHS and brexit

    Westminster Hall

    Dr Lisa Cameron

    The SNP's Dr Lisa Cameron says the NHS is "fundemental to our values" and "the bedrock of our society".

    She asks if the government intends to maintain mutual recognition of medical qualifications with the EU after Brexit. She says it is "crucial" so the UK can continue to attract high quality doctors and nurses.

    "Brexit seems like a hypothetical thing far in the distance, but as soon as you home in on what it means in partical terms", especially when the NHS is mentioned, she says, "it starts to move to the front of their minds".

  11. Tory MP defends tendering of blue passport

    Economy debate

    House of Commons


    Giles Watling

    Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Peter Dowd intervenes on Tory Clacton MP Giles Watling whilst he is making a series of points about how the Brexit "dividend" should be spent.

    If he were to travel to France, he asks, should he be able to take with him his "new blue passport that is made in Britain, or made in France?".

    Removing his own passport from a jacket pocket, Mr Watling replies that he is "proud of my passport, which I carry here today".

    "If it's blue, let's make sure we get the best value for money in printing the things", he adds.

    In response to a follow-up from Peter Dowd, he replies that "we have to get the best deal possible".

  12. MPs debate the NHS and Brexit

    NHS and brexit

    Westminster Hall

    NHS logo

    MPs in Westminster Hall are taking part in a debate on the effect of Brexit on the NHS.

    Labour's Ben Bradshaw is introducing the debate. He says he has three concerns about the possibility of a no-deal scenario for the NHS.

    He says that a no-deal would see a "seizing up" of medical supply chains and what is most concerning is the potential effect of any sort of import delays. Britain imports radioisotopes, he says, and these are "time critical".

    He says he also worries about the "hemorrhaging" of EU national NHS staff. He says at the "current rate of loss there will be no EU midwives left in the UK at the end of the decade" and asks for government assurances that the flow of EU staff to the NHS won't suffer.

    He also says he is worried about the potential damage to the pharmaceutical industry, one of the "most successful sectors" of the economy.

  13. Economy is about people, not figures - SNP

    Economy debate

    House of Commons


    Alison Thewliss

    SNP Treasury spokeswoman Alison Thewliss says the economy is about "people", not "figures".

    She says that people feel less in control over their own lives, and like they are "tiny cogs in a huge machine".

    The "precarious" state of employment and poor provision of benefits confounds this problem, she adds.

    Corporate executives "run away with lots and lots of cash" and the UK continues to build complicated layers of tax bills which allow people to exploit loopholes, she says.

  14. Patel: 'Growth has been steady and sustainable'

    Economy debate

    House of Commons


    Priti Patel

    Former international development secretary Priti Patel says growth has been "steady and sustainable," adding that in her constituency the number of enterprises has increased 70% since 2010.

    She calls for the government to open up "new markets to consumers".

    She pays tribute to former prime minister Margaret Thatcher for "putting control back in the hands of consumers and the public".

    The government "must continue to bang the drum" for British business and trade, she says, and Brexit must be a new period of "renewal" for Britain.

  15. 'Her words ring untrue' - Labour

    Economy debate

    House of Commons


    Peter Dowd

    For vast parts of the country "her words ring untrue," Shadow Treasury minister Peter Dowd says.

    He says that last year the UK's economic growth was the slowest in the G7 and G12, while also having the highest inflation of those countries.

    The economy will now be 3% smaller in 2021 than projected, he states, and the last decade has been the weakest for wage growth in two centuries after adjustment for inflation.

    "The reality is that the government's bluster and bravado is fooling no one," he says. The government has missed every deficit target they have ever set, he adds.

    Public sector debt is £700bn higher than it was when the government came to power in 2010, he states.

    And he accuses the government of acting like it is on a "zero hours contract" after being "propped up by the DUP" and with no legislative agenda.

    He says that the government should focus on lifting the public sector pay cap "right across the board".

  16. MPs start debate on the economy

    Economy debate

    House of Commons


    Liz Truss

    MPs move on to a general debate about the economy.

    Liz Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, says that it is now ten years since people were worried about their jobs, their finances and the banks.

    "We are seeing the positive signs of an economy that has recovered," she says.

    Manufacturing has seen the longest consecutive period of growth in Liverpool, Cardiff and Bristol, she adds, and investment and economic growth are being encouraged across the UK.

    "It is not by accident that we have got here," she says, "We have reached this turning point" because the government has followed a sound economic plan, she states.

    The UK now has record numbers of people studying maths and science and moving on to university, she says.

    "Labour have no idea what makes Britain successful," she says and it is trying to "close down the old economy" by taking control of certain companies.

    She calls it "an unprecedented encroachment of the government into the private sector".