Week ahead in Parliament

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Still no sign of the eagerly-anticipated Commons committee of the whole House debates on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill - the mission-critical Brexit measure previously known as the Great Repeal Bill.

Westminster rumour suggests the planned eight committee-stage days will not begin until after the November half-term (although an alternative rumour suggests maybe one committee day will be scheduled to allow the government whips to test the waters) and that MPs will then have to yomp through two or three days a week of detailed debate, until the bill is done.

There's plenty to chew on, with the latest amendment paper running to 146 pages, covering more than 300 amendments and 50 new clauses - and the longer the delay, the more new proposals to rewrite this crucial bill arrive.

And the delay also allows MPs, particularly "soft Brexit" supporters to examine rival amendments and condense around the ones which command the widest support.

While all that goes on, offstage, the timetable for Commons Chamber is devoted to a mix of uncontroversial technical legislation (Smart Meters and Self-Drive Cars this week), backbench debates and Opposition debates.

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Week ahead in Parliament

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There's no Brexit Bill - so, instead, a mixture of Opposition and backbench debates fills the time in the Commons this week.

Barring the usual crop of ministerial statements and urgent questions, the only event which might set many sparks flying is Labour's Opposition day attack on the rollout of Universal Credit.

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Battles ahead for EU bill

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They seek it here, they seek it there - but the centrepiece of the government's Brexit legislation, the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, seems to have gone into hiding.

Most Westminster observers expected the Commons to embark on eight days of detailed debate, in Committee of the Whole House, pretty much as soon as their conference recess was over.

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What are the big issues for Parliament's committees?

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At long last, the Commons select committee system is twitching back to life, after its post-election dormancy.

With a number of new chairs and plenty of new members - and no shortage of big issues to talk about - expect plenty of interesting hearings, which will probably start resulting in major reports by Christmas, or maybe the new year. With a minority government nursing a fractious parliamentary party, and heavily focused on Brexit, there are plenty of opportunities for ambitious select committee chairs to shape the agenda, and even drive policy, if they can deploy the skills and the streetsmarts to use their influence effectively.

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Week ahead in Parliament

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It's not quite "back to Brexit" as Parliament re-assembles after the conference break - the over-riding issue of British politics does not feature much in a rather humdrum agenda for the first week back.

The main excitement of the week is likely to revolve around ministerial statements and urgent questions. There are plenty of topics to raise: Labour might want to ask about the government's plans on housebuilding and student finance, while the All Party Parliamentary Group on Catalonia is likely to query the government's response to the crisis over its independence referendum, if one of the political parties doesn't get there first.

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Tough call: report blasts Brexit bill powers

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It almost deserves Batman-style sound effects.

Kerpow! "excessively wide law-making powers".

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What now for Labour MPs who criticised Jeremy Corbyn?

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His grip on Labour has never been stronger.

The adoring, ecstatic reception received by Jeremy Corbyn at his party conference, the serenades of the delegates and the delight at his policy ideas, combined with the big organisational gains made by his supporters in Labour's internal machinery show a leader in complete command.

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Will Tory MPs swallow May's Brexit formula?

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Last weekend the government had a glimpse of how quickly it could break itself over Brexit.

For a few hours, at least, it seemed as if Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson might resign, triggering a leadership crisis, and possibly an outright collapse. Maybe even an election.

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Key committee player steps down

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After their long post-election dormancy, the select committees have swung back into action - with a new crop of committee chairs and ordinary members looking to make their mark as scrutineers of government.

But one long-standing titan of the committee corridor will be missing.

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Committee conflict prefigures battle to come

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Tonight's Commons vote on whether the government should be guaranteed a majority on Commons Public Bill Committees is about the Brexit battles to come.

This week, the Commons intakes of 2015 and 2017 have had their first taste of what parliamentary business will be like in the months and years ahead, as a vast body of Brexit legislation has to be passed, before the UK exits the EU.

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