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Live Reporting

By Emma Harrison and Lucy Webster

All times stated are UK

  1. Huawei statements end

    Discussions on Huawei have now ended in both the Commons and the Lords. We're going to park our text commentary now, but you can keep watching matters in both Houses via our live streams.

  2. Opposition concerned over Huawei decision

    House of Lords


    Members of the opposition in the Lords welcomed the restriction of Huawei's role to the network's periphery but said questions remained to be answered by the Government.

    Labour spokesman Lord Griffiths of Burry Port called for early legislation in an area where technological developments happen quickly, warning against getting "behind the curve".

    He said the limit to 35% of the kit was welcome but asked whether this would be reduced over time to "wean operators off the Chinese provider".

    Former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Campbell said he did not share the government's enthusiasm for the compromises which had been made.

    He expressed "great concern" about the UK "being at odds with the US and other members of the Five Eyes" security alliance.

    He said any disruption to UK-US intelligence sharing would have "considerable implications for the safety and interests of this country".

  3. Tory Lord: Chinese government 'totalitarian'

    House of Lords


    Conservative Lord Cormack says the Chinese government is "totalitarian" and "does not think in electoral cycles" but in "the long, long term". He asks if the Huawei decision will be under constant review.

    Culture Secretary Baroness Morgan assures him that Huawei's involvement will be monitored to ensure it stays within the 35% market share limit and says the government is mindful of the nature of the Chinese government.

  4. Romney: UK 'sacrificing national security' over Huawei

    Senator and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney says the UK is "sacrificing national security" over Huawei.

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  5. Tory MP urges Huawei ban

    Another Conservative, Tom Tugendhat, asks for specific detail about the restrictions on Huawei - that the company only be allowed to account for 35% of the kit in a network's periphery, which includes radio masts.

    "We want to see a ban a cap and a cut," the Tory MP says.

    Mr Raab says the 35% figure is set out very clearly and is "effectively equivalent to existing market shares".

    The Huff Post's Paul Waugh thinks the reaction from Tories isn't as angry as it might have been...

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  6. Fox asks about Washington's anxiety over Huawei

    House of Commons


    Former Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox says he knows the government is "aware of the anxiety around the decision here and US".

    He asks whether Washington's anxiety is primarily about the UK's ability to mitigate the risk or about the message it may send to other countries who do not have the same abilities.

    Mr Raab says the UK is coming from a starting position of having Huawei already involved in our networks.

    "We considered all of these aspects," he says. "We have the most detailed and broad analysis."

    He says they asked the US "on a number of occasions if they had an alternative".

    There was not a solution that would work for the UK, he adds.

  7. Morgan makes Huawei statement in the Lords

    House of Lords


    Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan, who now sits in the House of Lords, is also giving a statement on Huawei.

    She insists that steps have been taken to mitigate any risks and "in no way would this government" ever jeopardise national security. She says there will be no effect on intelligence sharing.

    She is asked what message the UK is sending on human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in China.

    In reply, she says the UK has been clear these abuses "must stop" but it is "not an either-or" situation; the UK can criticise China on human rights while working with Chinese firms.

  8. Duncan Smith 'deeply disappointed' by Huawei decision

    House of Commons


    Iain Duncan Smith

    Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith says he is "deeply disappointed" by the Huawei decision.

    He asks for reassurances from the government that Huawei's technology will become "less and less centralised" and "more to periphery" in the future.

    "Does he now believe China is a threat to us in cyber security?" he also asks Mr Raab.

    The foreign secretary replies that the government has "consistently called out China for cyber attacks".

  9. SNP MP: Huawei decision 'came out of weakness'

    House of Commons


    SNP MP John Nicolson says: "Many will think this decision has come out of weakness."

    He says the prime minister "has gone for cheapest, least secure option" - calling it "the Chinese communist party branded as a company".

    "5G infrastructure from China is not safe, he goes on, saying the move is calls it the "wrong choice".

    "Future generations may come to judge his decision harshly."

    Our correspondent is watching...

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  10. May 'commends the government' over Huawei decision

    House of Commons


    Theresa May

    Former Prime Minister Theresa May says she commends the government for its decision over Huawei. It was, of course, a decision her government was originally working on.

    She reinforces Mr Raab's words by saying: "We never have had and never will have high-risk vendors in our most sensitive networks.

    "There will be no effect on our ability to share intelligence with our allies."

  11. Raab: High-risk vendors 'never allowed in sensitive networks'

    House of Commons


    Answering Labour's points, the foreign secretary says high-risk vendors "never have been and never will be in our sensitive networks".

    Huawei, as we said, is being designated high risk - and therefore will face restrictions around its involvement in the UK market.

    Dominic Raab says the decision "allows us to build on one of the toughest regimes in the world".

    Intelligence sharing will not be put at risk by this government, he insists.

  12. O2: Huawei kit less than 1% of our network

    As events continue in the Commons, a statement has come in from mobile operator O2.

    "Huawei kit makes up less than 1% of our owned network infrastructure," it says.

    "We will continue to develop our 5G network with minimum disruption with our primary vendors Nokia and Ericsson."

    Nokia, of course, are Finnish and Swedish firms respectively.

    O2 says it agrees with the government that "diversity of supply is the best way to serve customers," but adds that "careful consideration must be given to the distinction between 'core' and 'non-core' as 5G networks develop and evolve. We'll now take time to review the full report."

  13. Labour: MPs 'need guarantees over security of 5G network'

    House of Commons


    Labour's Nick Thomas-Symonds now replies to Dominic Raab. He says the need for "guarantees about safety and security" is crucial if Huawei is to be involved in the UK's 5G system.

    He also warns that the UK should not be "held hostage" over any impact on a US trade deal.

    "As we assess potential risk we should be ensuring that the UK network is constructed in the best possible condition to withstand attacks," he tells MPs.

    The shadow minister is also critical of previous Conservative governments, suggesting poor investment decisions have meant the "UK is left to choose between just three 5G vendors."

    What is the government going to do about diversifying the market, he asks.

    “The government needs to act."

    Nick Thomas-Symonds
  14. Raab: Huawei decsion 'follow rigorous review'

    House of Commons


    Mr Raab says the decision "follows a rigorous and evidence-based review" - the most comprehensive done anywhere in the world.

    This limited green light for Huawei is the "right decision", and the government will have the "right measures in place" to make it work.