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Summary

  1. Transport questions starts Commons day
  2. Urgent question in M&S followed by Business statement
  3. Select committee reports back on Carillion and NI democracy
  4. Debate on motion on persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslim community

Live Reporting

By Esther Webber, Richard Morris and Ryan Brown

All times stated are UK

  1. Today in the Commons

    What happened?

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    An urgent question on branch closures by Marks and Spencer had MPs from across the house stating their concern at job losses in their constituencies. M&S announced earlier this week they would close 100 shops by 2022. The company says the changes are "vital" for their future.

    Future business in the Commons was announced, with MPs still not receiving news of dates for further EU legislation, this caused annoyance from Labour MPs, who accused the government of leaking dates to the Sky News political editor, Faisal Islam.

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    The Commons returns on 4 June for Home Office questions, followed by the second reading of the Ivory Bill.

  2. UK is not 'immune' to this religious intolerance - minister

    Ahmadiyya Muslims debate

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    Mark Field

    Foreign Office Minister Mark Field says that while MPs have focused on Pakistan, "the UK is not immune to this scourge of religious intolerance" and he apologises to the community.

    He says it is worrying that "minorities worldwide" are increasingly being targeted.

    It is not acceptable for any organisation or individual to incite violence, he states.

    "All religious persecution in whatever form it manifests itself is abhorrent and deplorable," he adds.

    The government is responding to extremist influences with a "cross-government, joined up approach", he finishes.

    With that, the Commons adjourns for Whitsun week, and will return on 4 June.

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    Video caption: Andrea Leadsom says she is "confident" she can update MPs about the Brexit bill soon.
  4. Ahmadis cannot vote in Pakistan - Labour

    Ahmadiyya Muslim debate

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    Liz McInnes

    Shadow foreign office minister Liz McInnes says that Ahmadis believe that they are Muslims, yet in 1974 the Pakistani government amended the constitution to declare Ahmadiyya Muslims as non-Muslim.

    There are concerns that there are not fair trials offered to those accused of being an Ahmadiyya Muslim under the blasphemy laws in Pakistan, she adds.

    Ahmadis are effectively denied the right to vote under current electoral laws in the country, she states.

    She says many Ahmadi Muslims have fled to Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand, and Ahmadis have been declared as "deviant" in Indonesia, she adds.

  5. SNP 'deeply disappointed' in Pakistani government

    Ahmadiyya Muslim debate

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    Patrick Grady

    The SNP's Patrick Grady says the SNP "are deeply disappointed" that the Pakistani government "continues to condone" the work of those who are critical of the Ahamadi community.

    He says there are laws in Pakistan which are supposed to tackle "blasphemy" but instead are used to tackle other religions "by name", adding that these practices have "gone on for decades".

    In order for people to complete a Pakistani passport application, people must denounce the founder of the Ahmadi movement, he states.

  6. Stephen Walker

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    Irish border

    Stephen Walker

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    MPs say it is 'highly unsatisfactory' that ministers have yet to detail post-Brexit trading arrangements.

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  7. Meeting Ahmadiyya community 'has been one of the joys' - Lib Dem MP

    Ahmadiyya Muslim debate

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    Sir Ed Davey

    Liberal Democrat Sir Ed Davey says that in his constituency "it has been one of the joys" to get to know the Ahmadiyya community.

    He says there is a need to speak to the communities in both the UK and in Pakistan to encourage more tolerance.

    There is a concern that persecution of the community is becoming "endemic and deep rooted" in Pakistan.

    He finishes by saying there is consensus for the UK government to tell the Pakistani government that the current situation is "unacceptable".

  8. This is 'totally unacceptable' on our own doorstep - Greening

    Ahmadiyya Muslim debate

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    Justine Greening

    Conservative Justine Greening says that the establishment of the Ahmadiyya community in her constituency led to the first mosque ever built in London in 1926.

    The Ahmadiyya community "got everybody together after the 7/7 bombings many years ago," she states.

    She refers to literature which is put out in areas such as Ealing which may encourage shopkeepers not to serve people of the Ahmadiyya community. This is "totally unacceptable" on our own doorstep, she says.

  9. Persecution of an Ahmadi Muslim is 'from cradle to grave'

    Ahmadiyya Muslim debate

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    Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh

    Siobhain McDonagh takes the House on a "global tour" of the persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, focusing on Pakistan and then turning to the hate "overspill" into the UK.

    The Labour MP says revealing oneself as Ahmadi can make one a "magnet" for persecution.

    Ms McDonagh says that the world's largest Ahmadiyya community exists in Pakistan and that perpetrators of persecution are given "free rein" there. In the country the sect is not legally allowed to call itself Muslim.

    The MP says persecution in Pakistan is faced "from cradle to grave".

    She says that they have effectively been denied the right to vote in the country for 40 years.

    Ms McDonagh gives example of persecution in the UK including the murder of an Ahmadi Muslim in the UK which was "celebrated" by some on social media. She also speaks about problems on student campuses.

    She ends her speech by telling the house that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community are a "vital part" of her constituency.

  10. Peer defends role of EU committees

    Competition and state aid debate

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    German

    Lib Dem Lord German responds to Baroness Noakes' earlier criticism of the subcommittees, saying their "primary purpose is to scrutinise".

    Brexit is the "one show in town and it's perfectly appropriate to do that scrutiny", he adds.

    He says on the report under discussion that the UK has a robust competition framework and "continuing that robust regime is very important".

  11. Debate on persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

    Ahmadiyya Muslim debate

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    Ahmadi Muslims in Cardiff took to the streets to pick up litter on New Year's Day this year.
    Image caption: Ahmadi Muslims in Cardiff took to the streets to pick up litter on New Year's Day this year.

    Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh has tabled a debate on the persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

    The Ahmadi follow the teaching of the Koran but they do not believe that Mohammed was the final prophet sent to guide mankind. For this reason it is regarded by orthodox Muslims as heretical.

    The Anhmadiyya community takes its name from its founder Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who was born in 1835 and was regarded by his followers as the messiah and a prophet.

    Last year, the BBC reported claims of discrimination against Ahmadi Muslims in Cardiff. Members of the sect said they had been shunned by other Muslims in the city with one member claiming to have lost his job.

  12. 'A sense of drift' in Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland Committee Report Debate

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    Dr Andrew Murrison - Northern Ireland Committee Chair

    Dr Andrew Murrison introduces his committee's report Devolution and Democracy in Northern Ireland.

    The chair of the Northern Ireland Committee recommends that the Northern Ireland Secretary restarts devolution talks and says there is a "sense of drift" where important decisions are not being made.

    The Northern Ireland Executive collapsed in January 2017 when the deputy first minister resigned. Northern Ireland has had neither an Executive nor a functioning Assembly at Stormont for well over a year.

    The report concludes that "that little would be achieved by holding yet another election".

    The committee identifies a number of "wide reaching" decisions that need to be taken immediately, a list that is "growing every day".

    Dr Murrison identifies problems such as a lack of a Northern Ireland Policing Board meaning that senior police appointments cannot take place.

  13. 'Great secrecy' around government contracts

    Carillion Statement

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    Committee Chair Meg Hillier

    The Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Meg Hillier, tells MPs that the taxpayer and the the public "deserve" to know what happen to Carillion. She says the committee identified "clear and compelling problems" with the business in the months before its collapse.

    The chair says there is "great secrecy" around government contracts and that they are "skewed" to the contractor rather than service user.

    Ms Hillier warns that "secrecy leads to a cosy relationship".

    The committee found in November 2017 that a provisional black rating of Carillion was recommended but following representation from the company the cabinet did not confirm the designation.

    Carillion collapsed less than two months later.

    She tells the government, there may be information the committee may put into the public domain at later date.

  14. Committee scrutiny of Brexit 'has little or no meaning' - peer

    Competition and state aid debate

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    Noakes

    Conservative Baroness Noakes says Lords EU subcommittees have produced "over 30 reports entitled Brexit this or Brexit that" and due to the tight timeframe for Brexit this "scrutiny has little or no meaning".

    She continues: "I question whether we should be working in this way - is it reasonable and proportionate?"

    She also says the fact that ministers have "dealt with [the number of reports on Brexit] in good heart is a tribute to them".

  15. Committee outlines report on Carillion risk assessments

    Carillion Statement

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    Carillion worker in front of a construction site

    The Public Accounts Committee chair Meg Hillier is making a statement on Carillion. The select committee published its report: Government risk assessments relating to Carillion yesterday.

    The report includes a number of risk assessments relating to Carillion. Papers show that it was not until after Carillion issued a profit warning on 10 July 2017, that the government downgraded the company to a red rating.

    Previously it had been rated amber for a number of months due to its performance against contracts with the defence and justice ministries.

    Carillion collapsed in January under a debt of £1.5bn. It employed 43,000 people, around 20,000 of them in the UK, thousands of whom lost their job.

    The construction company held numerous public contracts, such as the maintenance of schools and prisons, all of which had to be brought under government control, at a cost to the taxpayer.

    You can read more of the BBC's Carillion coverage here.