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Summary

  1. The Commons began at 14.30 GMT with work and pensions questions.
  2. Home Secretary Theresa May has said she is "sorry" that the inquiry into historical child abuse has no chairman - following two resignations - during a statement to the Commons
  3. MPs gave their backing to the government's preferred version of the Recall of MPs Bill, as the bill passed in a committee stage.
  4. A small conservative backbench rebellion was defeated as MPs passed the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill money resolution.
  5. Conservative MP Mark Menzies led an adjournment debate on the future of Blackpool airport.
  6. Peers returned to the House of Lords for a 14.30 GMT start.
  7. Ministers answered peers' questions on subjects including the Chilcot Inquiry and the Barnett Formula for Wales.
  8. The main business of the day in the Lords was the report stage of the Infrastructure Bill.
  9. A government minister repeated a Commons statement outlining details of the historical child abuse inquiry.
  10. The short debate was on establishing an EU agency for law enforcement training.

Live Reporting

By Pippa Simm and Sam Francis

All times stated are UK

End of proceedings

That brings an end to our live coverage of Monday's proceedings in Westminster. Do join us tomorrow, when we'll be bringing you all the day's events in the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Lords finishes

The House of Lords has finished its scrutiny of the Infrastructure Bill for the day, brining proceedings in the upper chamber to a close.

Peers return at the same time - 14.30 GMT - tomorrow, when the main business of the day will be dedicated to a general debate on the principles of the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill.

Commons recap

Earlier today, Home Secretary

Theresa May apologised for the historical chid abuse inquiry being without a chairman, following the resignation of the inquiry's second chair
Fiona Woolf, who left after she failed to command the widespread support of victims.

In a statement, Mrs May announced that victims, MPs and the Home Affairs Committee would be consulted over the next choice for chairman.

A survivor liaison group will also be set up in the next month to liaise with the panel and the government, and it will "meet on a regular basis as long as the inquiry continues", Mrs May said.

MPs completed the committee stage of the Recall of MPs Bill, giving their backing to the government's preferred version of the bill after the defeat of Conservative rebel

Zac Goldsmith's amendments last week.

MPs then passed the money resolution for the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill - which would enshrine a commitment for 0.7% of Britain's GDP to be spent on international aid into law - despite an attempted rebellion by a small group of backbench conservative MPs.

At the beginning of the day MPs questioned Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and his ministerial team on the success of the government's welfare reforms and support for elderly workers and those with mental health problems.

Final amendments

The House is considering the final grouping of amendments of the day, which have all, bar one, been tabled by the government.

Baroness Kramer explains that they address issues raised during committee-stage of the bill, concerning special control orders.

Species control

Government spokeswoman Baroness Kramer is responding to points raised by peers during the mini debate on the bill's plans for species control.

Baroness Kramer
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Peers approve the government's amendments in this area, and all others are withdrawn.

Commons finishes for the day

And that's it. Business in the House of Commons concludes as Transport Minister Robert Goodwill tells MPs that, while the government is committed to improving the capacity of UK airports, it is unable to intervene directly in the case as it is "ultimately the responsibility of the airport's owner whether this is commercially viable".

The House of Commons will return on Tuesday at 11.30 GMT where the main business will be the Modern Slavery Bill. A statement on a report into allegations of maladministration and fraud by Tower Hamlets council is also expected.

Species control

The Infrastructure Bill would allow for Species Control Orders to control the invasive, non-native species that pose serious threats to biodiversity, the water environment and infrastructure.

Baroness Kramer is explaining to peers a series of government-tabled amendments relating to this section of the bill.

Humberside Airport

A third Blackpool MP joins the debate as Conservative MP Paul Maynard tells the chamber that Humberside Airport, which he says turned a profit despite being only the 33rd busiest airport in the UK, could be used as a potential model for a renewed Blackpool Airport.

Amendment withdrawn

The amendment is supported by Conservative peer Lord Jenkin of Roding and the opposition front bench - but is rejected by Transport Minister Baroness Kramer. Lord Faulkner agrees to withdraw the amendment.

MP's support

Labour MP Gordon Marsden adds his support for re-opening Blackpool Airport, telling MPs it has "the potential to be a crucial part of the sub economy of the whole Lancashire area".

Labour MP Gordon Marsden
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Transport police powers

Labour peer Lord Faulkner now has the floor, and is proposing an amendment to increase the powers of the British Transport Police so they can protect transport infrastructure, citing the problem of metal theft from railway lines.

Adjourment debates

Adjournment debates are short debates held at the end of the day's business in the House of Commons.

They are often used by backbench MPs to bring constituency matters to the attention of government ministers.

Blackpool International Airport

MPs now turn their attention to Mark Menzies' debate on the future of Blackpool Airport.

Blackpool International Airport closed in October due to financial losses amounted over several years. Around 110 staff were employed at the airport, which served 235,000 passengers last year.

Owners Balfour Beatty put the site up for sale in August but failed to attract a buyer. Blackpool Council have said more should have been done to save the airport from closure.

An airport spokesman said they were working with local authorities to form regeneration plans.

Cycling nation

Baroness Kramer, the Lib Dem transport minister, says the government is committed to making the UK a cycling nation, and tells peers that government spending on cycling overall has more than doubled compared to the previous four years.

However, she counsels that the "revolution" in cycling cannot be achieved through funding alone, and stresses the need for local authority co-operation and the need to improve safety, and the perception of safety.

Lord Berkeley later agrees to withdraw his amendment.

Petition

Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley John Hemming presents a petition of 500 signatures against the relocation of Acocks Green Post Office in his constituency.

Resolution passed

MPs divide to vote on the money resolution after Deputy Speaker Dawn Primarolo brings the debate to at the end of the allotted 45 minute time limit.

MPs vote the resolution through by 295 votes to 7, a government majority of 288. The bill will now move to committee stage.

Coming up next is the adjournment debate which today is on on the future of Blackpool Airport, led by the Conservative MP for Fylde, Mark Menzies.

'Other agendas'

Labour MP Stephen Doughty criticises the large group of Conservative MP arguing against the money resolution, accusing them of trying to "undermine the will of the House", which had voted the bill through at second reading, and "attempting to use it for other agendas".

Thinking long term

Also in the grouping, is an amendment in the name of Lord Berkeley and Lib Dem Lord Teverson designed to secure a long-term strategy, and long-term funding, for cycling and walking.

It aims to bring investment in walking and cycling into line proportionately with that for the road and rail networks.

Urging caution

Conservative MP Anne Main urges caution, telling MPs she is worried that the bill is being rushed through "before we tackle the fact that we are not giving money to the poor".

Many of the UK's international aid programmes are "failing to deliver aid" because of the problem of corruption in many countries, Ms Main argues. She argues that these problems must be tackled before the target of spending 0.7% of GDP can be set.

Amendment withdrawn

Lord Berkeley agrees to withdraw his amendment, and attention turns to the next grouping of proposed changes to the bill.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer is moving an amendment, brought forward in response to concern from peers, to make it explicit in the bill "users of highways" include "cyclists and walkers".

Infrastructure Bill contd.

Resumed debate on the Infrastructure Bill is underway, and is the last item of business in the House of Lords.

Labour peer Lord Berkeley kicks off the session by explaining his amendment, which would rename the Office of Rail Regulation as the Office of Rail and Road Regulation.

Keeping on topic

Deputy Speaker Dame Dawn Primarolo is forced to interrupt the debate several times to stop MPs from straying into a general debate on money resolutions.

Many MPs feel there is an inconsistent use of money resolutions by the government.

Dame Dawn Primarolo
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Break in the Lords

Peers have concluded the dinner break debate on CEPOL, and the House adjourns for several minutes until report stage of the Infrastructure Bill resumes at 20.30 GMT.

International aid

The bill would introduce a legal minimum requirement for 0.7% of Britain's GDP to be spent on international aid, imposing a duty on the international development secretary to ensure that the target continues to be met by the UK.

If passed, the bill would create an independent body called the Independent International Development Office (IIDO) to evaluate the impact and value-for-money of international aid.

The bill would bring the UK into line with the 1970 UN led commitment by all developed countries to provide 0.7% of their gross national income as international aid by 1975. The UK has committed itself to meeting the target and achieved it for the first time this calendar year.

The bill applies to the whole of the United Kingdom.

The main aim of the aid is to promote economic development and welfare of developing countries. Its remit does not include military assistance and short-term peacekeeping missions

What is a money resolution?

If a bill creates a charge upon public funds, the bill's provisions must be approved by the House of Commons in a motion known as a Money Resolution.

Unless a money resolution can be agreed the bill cannot move on to second reading.

CEPOL Debate

Independent crossbench peer Lord Hannay of Chiswick adds his support to the motion, telling the chamber he hopes that the government will opt-in to further negotiation on the draft regulations before the three month deadline expires on 24 November.

CEPOL debate

Lib Dem Lord Starkey says it would "absurd" if the UK was to be the only EU member state not to be a part of CEPOL, which is what would happen if the UK Government did not opt-in to the new regulation.

Commons Business

MPs conclude the committee stage of the Recall MPs Bill without any changes, effectively agreeing to the bill as proposed by the government.

They now move on to the money resolution for the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill which enshrines a commitment for 0.7% of Britain's GDP to be spent on international aid in law.

CEPOL Debate

Conservative peer Lord Patten expresses reservations about the proposal, while Lord Judd insists it is "terribly important" to be a part of CEPOL.

Baroness Prashar

Baroness Prashar
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Lords' European Scrutiny Committee member Baroness Prashar sets out its recommendations to peers

What is CEPOL?

CEPOL brings together senior police officers from across the EU and aims to encourage cross-border cooperation in the fight against crime, and the maintenance of public security and law and order, through training and exchange programmes and the sharing of research and best practice.

Dinner break

Peers have moved on to the dinner break debate now, which is being led by crossbench peer Baroness Prashar.

It focuses on a report by the European Union Committee which recommends that the government should exercise its right to take part in the adoption and application of the proposal establishing an EU agency for law enforcement training, called CEPOL.

'Marked register'

Responding to Sylvia Hermon's concerns, Deputy Leader of the House Tom Brake says that the government is considering using "marked register" - where a copy of the register used in polling stations is marked when electors vote - to help combat fraud in recall petitions.

The government is looking into putting marked registers "into the public domain" to allow people to check whether anyone has used their name as a signatory on the recall petition without their knowledge, he adds.

Deputy Leader of the House Tom Brake
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'A series' inquiry

Conservative peer Lord Finkelstein warns of the difficulties of trying to find a new chairman "who has had no connection with state or non-state actors over a period of 50 years".

He suggests the inquiry could be divided into "a series", dealing with different areas, "rather than look for someone who may be impossible to find to deal with the entire area of child abuse over 50 years".

Lord Finkelstein
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Fraud concerns

Independent MP Sylvia Hermon tells MPs that the bill is "riddled with loopholes" for voter fraud, saying there needs to be a greater focus on anti-fraud and identity requirements.

She says that "if we are not careful" there will be "a number of MPs who will be going to their solicitor and calling into question the validity of the recall petition" on the grounds of fraud.

She says this would be a very expensive and difficult process for an independent MP like herself, with no central party funds to help meet legal costs.

Independent MP Sylvia Hermon
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'Here and now'

While welcoming the inquiry, Baroness Howarth of Breckland, a crossbench peer, seeks assurances that the government will not await the outcome of the inquiry to look at how to protect children at risk of abuse "in the here and now".

Responding, Home Office spokesman Lord Bates minister gives her that assurance, noting that the terms of reference of the inquiry run to the present day.

Looking North

On the appointment of the new chairman, Liberal Democrat Baroness Walmsley says she hopes the government will "look north of Watford" before looking abroad, arguing that there are "many reputable members of the judiciary" who would be "very well qualified" to do the job.

"Although I don think we can learn lessons from abroad, I don't think it's necessary to find somebody from abroad to chair this meeting."

Labour response

Responding on behalf of the opposition front bench, Baroness Smith of Basildon welcomes the statement and the home secretary's apology.

She says Labour is "bitterly disappointed" by the delays, but adds that it is vital the new chairman has the confidence of "victims and those it has to take evidence from".

Baroness Smith of Basildon
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Repeated statement

Home Secretary Theresa May told MPs the inquiry will continue its work while a new chairman is sought, following two resignations.

Fiona Woolf stepped down on Friday, saying victims did not have confidence in her. She had faced pressure to quit over her social links to former Home Secretary Lord Brittan, whose handling of abuse claims in the 1980s has been questioned.

Predecessor Baroness Butler-Sloss resigned four months ago, also over her links with establishment figures.

The inquiry panel's preliminary hearings are to begin on 12 November, and take place every Wednesday until Christmas.

There will also be six regional events going in to the new year, at which victims could give evidence.

Amendment defeated

After much confusion over the process of moving the amendment to a vote, Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg's amendment is defeated without the need for a divisio.