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Live Reporting

Lucy Webster and Richard Morris

All times stated are UK

  1. The House of Commons adjourns

    That's it for the House of Commons this week. Please join us again for more coverage next Monday.

  2. WATCH: MPs are told Brexit bill has become law

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    Video caption: Brexit bill receives Royal Assent
  3. Brexit bill becomes law

    Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans tells the Commons that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill has been given Royal Assent.

  4. 'No breakthrough' in Zaghari-Ratcliffe talks

    The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - who has been in jail in Iran for almost four years - says there was "no breakthrough" in his talks with Boris Johnson to discuss efforts to free her.

    Richard Ratcliffe and the couple's five-year-old daughter Gabriella met the prime minister in Downing Street.

    Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a dual British-Iranian citizen, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2016 for spying. She denies the allegation.

  5. PM's shampoo confirmed

    In case you were wondering, the prime minister’s preferred brand of shampoo has been confirmed by his spokesman as Radox.

    Boris Johnson was asked during an online Q&A session yesterday which type he used, but said he wasn’t sure what it was, only that it was blue.

    The prime minister’s product of choice is available for £1, contains fennel and sea minerals and promises “a short, sharp, refreshing wake-up call”.

    Mr Johnson’s spokesman said the prime minister was, however, committed to reducing plastic waste and said: “We have set out an ambitious plastics strategy, you can expect to see work to reduce the use of disposable plastic continuing.”

  6. MP: Swastikas posted through my door

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    SNP MP Lisa Cameron says that, during the last election, someone posted her campaign leaflets through her door with swastikas covering the part where she mentioned her grandmother's escape from Germany during World War Two.

    She says special attention needs to be paid to the prevalence of anti-Semitism during elections.

  7. Labour: Prejudice has no place in modern society

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    Labour's Cat Smith pays tribute to Holocaust memorial organisations.

    She also thanks survivors for educating generations of children, showing why hatred of anyone is wrong.

    Ms Smith says we "all have a duty" to ensure such crimes happen again. She says genocide did not arise out of nothing, but out of a societal racism and scapegoating, which is also present today.

    "Clearly, we need to do more," she says. "Prejudice and hatred of Jewish people has no place in society."

  8. House marks Holocaust Memorial Day

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    Government minister Luke Hall is leading the House in remembering victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

    He pays tribute to the millions of Jewish people who died, and shares the individual story of one child "who survived against the odds".

    He emphasises the importance of hearing testimony and to rebuking anyone who engages in Holocaust denial.

    Mr Hall also draws attention to more recent genocides, including in Bosnia and Rwanda.

    He pays tribute to the work of the Holocaust Memorial Trust and its young ambassadors, who are continuing to tell the stories of the Holocaust.

    He sets out the government's contribution to the trust's work, and other charities like Remembering Srebrenica.

    He says anti-Semitism is spreading in society, even "into this building", and points to the Chief Rabbi's intervention in the general election. He urges MPs to stand against hate.

    Mr Hall finishes by commending the move to place a Holocaust memorial in Victoria Gardens, next to the Houses of Parliament.

  9. Labour criticises government over Iran prisoner

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    The government has been accused of “unforgiveable behaviour” over the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been in prison in Iran for four years.

    Her husband, Richard, is due to meet the prime minister today to discuss efforts to secure her release.

    In the Commons, the couple’s MP, Labour’s Tulip Siddiq, urged the government to settle a decades-old debt, worth around £400m, owed to Iran.

    She said: “Anyone with a passing interest to my constituent’s case will know that the debt is linked to her imprisonment.

    "The leader of the House said that the behaviour of the Iranian government is ‘unforgivable’ and I agree with him. But the behaviour of our government has also been unforgivable because we have not paid the money that we owe them.”

    The Leader of the Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, said the issue was an “extraordinarily difficult" one.

    "The British government cannot and must not pay or appear to pay, either in fact or in reality, money to allow people who have been illegally detained to be released," he said.

    "The risk that that would cause to other Britons travelling abroad would be very considerable."

    Mr Rees-Mogg said the "law must take its course" but "it would be absolutely wrong to connect the two issues” of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe and the debt.

  10. Hancock: Travellers should stay alert for symptoms

    China coronavirus outbreak statement

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    Labour's Sharon Hodgson says a passenger from Wuhan, China, coming into the UK on Wednesday was not given any screening and instead just received a leaflet.

    She asks what screening will be provided, and asks what advice is being given to people with underlying health conditions travelling to China.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock says symptoms are usually delayed and do not become apparent on flights into the UK, so passengers are instead advised to stay alert for signs of the new coronavirus. He says there will not be any direct flights from Wuhan, so the threat should be contained.

    Mr Hancock says the vast majority of coronavirus cases are contained to Wuhan, so travel to other places in China should be safe, although people are advised to be cautious.

  11. Commons hears statement on China virus outbreak

    China coronavirus outbreak statement

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    Matt Hancock

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock says 17 people are reported to have died from the new coronavirus so far - all on the Chinese mainland.

    He says it is likely that there have been more deaths.

    Most cases are non-fatal, Mr Hancock says, with people usually developing cold and flu-like symptoms that then go away. There are no confirmed cases in the UK, so far, he adds.

    Health officials are performing enhanced monitoring of direct flights from Wuhan, in China, he states.

    Mr Hancock says the UK is "well prepared and well equipped" to deal with any cases that emerge.

  12. Vaz criticises government on refugee children

    Business questions

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    Valerie Vaz, shadow leader of the Commons, asks for clarity on changes to the structure of government, and how the Commons will hold bigger departments to account.

    She criticises the government's opposition to the Dubs amendment to the Brexit bill on reuniting refugee families, and asks how the government can "face both ways" on these issues when it is taking measures to combat human trafficking.

    She asks about EU regulatory alignment, the BBC, the status of Western Sahara, Davos and plans for the House of Lords.

    House of Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg says the government opposed the Dubs amendment because the Brexit bill was "not the right place for it" and the government remains committed to supporting refugees.

    Both Mr Rees-Mogg and Ms Vaz pay tribute to late Monty Python actor Terry Jones, agreeing on the need to "look on the bright side of life".

  13. Commons business confirmed for next week

    Business statement

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    Business statement
    Business Statement
  14. Commons business unveiled for next week

    Business statement

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    Jacob Rees-Mogg

    Jacob Rees-Mogg, Leader of the House, is outlining future business in the Commons:

    • Monday, NHS Funding bill
    • Tuesday, Direct Payments to Farmers Bill
    • Wednesday, Opposition Day debates on home affairs and homelessness
    • Thursday, General debate on global Britain
  15. State Pension Age increase questioned

    Women and Equalities questions

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    Justin Madders

    Labour's Justin Madders asks what the government is doing to help women affected by the increase in the state pension age.

    Work and Pensions Minister Mims Davies says that women retiring today can expect to hear state pensions for longer than men. She adds it is an equalities issue to ensure women can work at an older age.

  16. How is the government helping older workers?

    Women and Equalities questions

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    Vicky Ford

    Conservative Vicky Ford asks what the government is doing to help women return to work after a career break.

    Minister Victoria Atkins says there are 4.5m women aged 50 to 60 in employment, and the government are trying to help older workers to remain in work. The government is also helping some employers in training and retaining older staff, she says.

  17. How is the government promoting British Steel?

    International Trade questions

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    Stephanie Peacock

    Labour's Stephanie Peacock asks what the government is doing to promote British Steel. She says only 50% of steel bought by the government comes from the UK.

    International Trade Minister Graham Stuart says the government has started a "Steel Export Taskforce" to make sure that British Steel is used as widely as possible.

  18. Lamb exports 'huge opportunity' for farmers

    International Trade questions

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    Anthony Browne

    Conservative Anthony Browne asks what the government is doing to make sure that farmers are not undercut by international farmers who may follow worse agriculture standards.

    Liz Truss says that high quality British lamb is a "huge opportunity for our farmers" and the UK will always work to promote high animal welfare standards.

  19. Good morning

    Today the Commons starts with questions to International Trade and Women and Equalities ministers.

    At around 10:30 GMT, MPs will hear a statement from the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, on the Chinese Coronavirus outbreak.

    Shortly after, there’ll be a business statement for next week’s Parliamentary timetable.

    Later, there’s a general debate on Holocaust Memorial Day, as well as an adjournment debate on the UK/US extradition treaty, tabled by former Brexit secretary David Davis.

    In the Lords, they’re having two debates one on EU fisheries and on the High Speed 2 rail link. They start their business at 11:00 today.