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Summary

  1. MPs return to the Commons after a short recess last week. The day began with questions to the Home Office team.
  2. MPs heard an urgent question from Conservative MP John Baron on Army reservists.
  3. PM David Cameron then delivered a statement updating the House on the G20 summit, before Environment Secretary Liz Truss made a statement on the outbreak of bird flu in Yorkshire.
  4. The Childcare Payments Bill passed its final stage in the House of Commons, and will now move to the House of Lords.
  5. The adjournment debate was on mental health services and the death of Christina Edkins.
  6. The House of Lords began its business at 14.30 GMT with oral questions to the government.
  7. Peers also heard a repeat of the prime minister's statement on the G20 summit Australia.
  8. The main business of the day was a second reading debate on the Modern Slavery Bill, which cleared second reading
  9. Peers approved the government's proposed opt-in to 35 EU policing and justice measures, but the government's handling of the matter was criticised.

Live Reporting

By Pippa Simm and Sam Francis

All times stated are UK

Commons recap

After a busy day in the House of Commons, here's a round up of today's events.

Prime Minister David Cameron made a statement updating MPs on developments at the weekend's

G20 summit.

During the debate:

  • Mr Cameron said the government will stick to its economic strategy amid growing threats to the recovery from global instability
  • he said the UK would not be "cowed" by terrorists, confirming that proposed new counter-terrorism laws authorising the police to confiscate the passports of UK citizens who have been fighting in Syria and Iraq would be published before the end of the year
  • Mr Cameron urged MPs to combat the "myths" about the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) on the NHS
  • Ed Miliband accused David Cameron of getting his "excuses in early" by announcing that there were "red warning lights" and blaming global factors for the failure of the government's economic strategy
  • Mr Miliband suggested that the government's deficit-reduction programme is falling further behind schedule.
David Cameron
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Prime Minister David Cameron

Environment Secretary Liz Truss made a statement on Bird Flu, after the

disease was detected in the UK for the first time in six years. She told MPs:

  • the presence of "highly pathogenic" H5 avian flu has been detected but experts are unsure exactly what strand of the virus has caused the outbreak; the H5N1 form, deadly to humans, has been ruled out, however
  • the risk to public health is "extremely low" and does not pose a food safety risk
  • only ducks have been affected so far, and no cases have been found in chickens or turkeys, leaving birds traditionally eaten for Christmas dinner unaffected ahead of the festive period
  • there will be "robust" compensation paid out to farmers adversely affected by the outbreak.
Environment Secretary Liz Truss
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Environment Secretary Liz Truss

In a packed day in the House of Commons MPs also:

  • passed the
    Childcare Payments Bill through its final stage in the House of Commons, meaning it will now move to the House of Lords
  • heard an urgent question by Conservative MP John Baron on the government's recruitment of army reservists, which he labelled a "shambles" after the Ministry of Defence published figures which showed the number of reservists rose by 400 (1.8%) over the past year to 22,450
  • put questions to Home Secretary Theresa May and her ministerial team
  • took part in a short debate, led by Conservative MP James Morris, on mental health services and the
    homicide investigation report on the death of Christina Edkins.

Goodbye for now

After an extended session in the House of Lords, today's business comes to a close.

Peers will be back at the usual time of 14.30 GMT on Tuesday, when the main business of the day will be committee-stage examination of the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill.

However, our live coverage of tomorrow in Parliament will begin from 11.30 GMT, which is when the House of Commons meets for the day.

We hope to see you then.

Government response

Justice Minister Lord Faulks is tasked with responding to the debate on behalf of the government.

Touching upon last Monday's events in the House of Commons, he remarks that "it was not an edifying experience".

But he insists the government has negotiated a "good deal" for the UK on the package of 35 measures, which he says are in the national interest.

He explains that the debate was scheduled today to "accommodate" the Lords EU Committee but notes that the previous debate on the Modern Slavery Bill went on longer than anticipated, knocking the start time back.

Lord Boswell agrees to withdraw his amendment, and the government's motion is approved, bringing the debate to a close.

Justice Minister Lord Faulks
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Criticism of government

The government is coming under further criticism over the way it has handled the proposed opt back in to the 35 EU policing and justice measures - following the fall-out from last Monday in the Commons.

Lord Stoddart of Swindon, an independent Labour peer, says he is "ashamed" of the way the government has handled the matter in both Houses.

He says today's debate has been side-lined until late in the evening thus limiting the time available for peers to discuss the proposals, which "simply isn't good enough".

The peer offers his support to Lord Boswell's amendment, which "regrets the inappropriate manner in which the government have sought parliamentary approval for their application".

Opposition spokesman Baroness Smith of Basildon says she too is disappointed with the way the government has behaved - and tells the front bench it should accept Lord Boswell's amendment, as its criticisms are "fair".

She goes on to reiterate Labour's support for the 35 EU justice measures the government proposes to re-join.

Opposition to the EAW

UK Independence Party peer Lord Willoughby de Broke - sporting a party colours tie - speaks against the European Arrest Warrant, arguing that extradition should be a matter for UK courts.

"No matter how the government tries to play this and finesse it the fact is that through this measure of opting in we are handing over the rights of extradition from our own courts to the European Court of Justice," he tells peers.

Lord Willougby de Broke
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Lord Willoughby says the warrant has been the cause of many cases of "serious injustice".

Labour wants vote on EAW

Labour is to stage a Commons vote on the European Arrest Warrant in its opposition day debate on Wednesday.

Although the government won its bid to re-join the package of measures - including the arrest warrant - last week, some Labour and Tory backbenchers were angry that MPs were not given a vote on the warrant itself.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the move would put the UK's continued use of the warrant "beyond legal doubt" in the event of future court challenges.

However, Downing Street sources have accused Labour of a "political stunt" over

last Monday's vote.

Welcome prospect

Speaking from the Liberal Democrat benches, Baroness Ludford strongly welcomes the prospect of finalising the UK's renewed participation in the 35 policing and justice measures, "even if the procedures... have been far from ideal".

Foolish episode

Labour peer Lord Davies of Stamford follows, and says Lord Lamont's points "made no sense at all".

Commenting on last week's row in the House of Commons, the MP-turned-peer says the government "tried to make a fool" out of the Commons but ended up "making a fool out of themselves".

He says it was a "disgraceful episode" but tells peers that the House should support the motion tonight.

Arrest Warrant 'flawed'

Former Conservative Chancellor Lord Lamont of Lerwick agrees with Lord Boswell's criticisms of the government's handling of the matter - but he has "wider reservations" about the measures that ministers are seeking to re-join, particularly the European Arrest Warrant.

Lord Lamont says the "basic flaw" with the warrant is "the concept of giving parity of esteem within the EU to different legal systems".

He tells peers there is "no way" that the legal systems of "post-communist, Balkan countries" can be equated with the UK and other countries in western Europe.

Lord Lamont
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'Explicit promise'

Lord Boswell, a non-affiliated peer, says the government "explicitly promised" both Houses of Parliament a vote on the final list of measures that ministers are seeking to re-join - and accuses ministers of failing to honour that pledge.

The peer - who "fully supports" the government's decision to re-join the package of 35 measures - adds that the original motion tabled in the Lords pertaining to the regulations was changed the day after the Commons fall out.

While welcoming this change, Lord Boswell claims the move was more about "the home secretary's saving face, than about submitting government actions to proper parliamentary scrutiny and oversight".

Lord Boswell
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Commons finishes for the day

Concluding his remarks, Norman Lamb says that none of the recommendations in the report is unachievable, though they may require "hard work" on the part of many organisations.

He adds that the government owes it to "the families devastated by this tragedy" to ensure that all lessons are learned nationally.

That brings to an end today's business in the House of Commons.

MPs will be back on Tuesday at 11.30 GMT, when the main business will be the first day of report stage on the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.

Why opt back in?

Home Office spokesman Lord Bates explains the government's reasons for wanting to opt back in to the 35 policing and justice measures, which he says are "vital tools" for police and enforcement agencies to tackle serious crime and keep the country safe.

He tells peers the government has negotiated a "good deal" in Europe for the UK, and emphasises the deadline by which the government must sign up to the measures.

Acknowledging the regret motion, Lord Bates argues that the government has "gone out if its way" to provide opportunities for the House to consider the matters over the past year.

European Arrest Warrant row

The government's plans were approved by the House of Commons last week, but there was a

huge row over the handling of the vote, after ministers were accused of breaking a promise for a vote on the EAW itself.

It resulted in angry scenes in the chamber, and the debate being cut short after Labour invoked a rare procedural move.

Independent peer Lord Boswell of Aynho has tabled a regret motion in the House of Lords against the main motion being debated this evening.

Such a move is a way of expressing criticism or concern about certain regulations or statutory instruments, without challenging them directly, as it does not require the government to take action.

They are an invitation for the House to put on record a particular point of view, but they have no practical effect.

What are the Lords voting on?

The government decided to exercise its block opt-out of all 133 EU police and criminal justice measures measures in 2013, a decision that will take effect on 1 December.

However, ministers plan to rejoin 35 of the measures, including the European Arrest Warrant, before that deadline.

Ministers and other supporters of the move, including government and law enforcement agencies, say the EAW is a vital tool to protect the UK and bring criminals to justice across EU borders.

However critics of the warrant, including some Conservative MPs, argue that it is overused and a threat to the Britons' liberties and UK sovereignty.

Last business in Lords

Peers move on to the last item of business on today's agenda - which concerns the government's plans to re-join 35 EU policing and justice measures.

The government has tabled a motion for approval which, if passed, will give the House's backing to the plans.

Modern Slavery Bill passes second reading

Lord Bates underlines the importance of victims of trafficking and slavery being placed at the heart of the bill, and predicts there will be "fewer victims" of modern slavery as a result of the bill's measures.

The Modern Slavery Bill goes on to receive an unopposed second reading, meaning it will pass to committee stage.

Not fit for purpose

Norman Lamb says that he does not think the way the government organises and commissions children and young people's mental health services is "fit for purpose".

This led to him announcing a task force to look in to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) system this summer, he adds.

Addressing concerns

Health Minister Norman Lamb tells MPs that the government will seek to address the concerns raised in the

report into Christina's death commissioned by Birmingham Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group, and will respond as soon as possible.

Government response

Health Minister Norman Lamb has been tasked with responding to the debate for the government.

Adjournment debates are short debates held at the end of a day's business and are used to bring constituency matters to the attention of government ministers.

Adjournment debate

Christina Edkins, 16, was killed by Phillip Simelane, 23, on a rush-hour bus in Birmingham in March 2013. Mr Simelane, from Walsall, had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

An inquiry concluded that her death could have been prevented if Mr Simelane had been given mental health treatment, and found that medical staff, police and the prison service missed chances to get him treatment he needed.

He admitted manslaughter last October and has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act by a judge at Birmingham Crown Court.

Raising the matter in the adjournment debate, Conservative MP James Morris calls on the government to improve the sharing of information between public bodies and enter into discussions about launching a wider inquiry into the failures that led to Ms Edkins death.

"Nothing will be able to diminish the pain and anguish suffered by the family of Christian Edkins, but those in positions of public responsibility can now do everything they can to ensure that the tragic circumstances of this case are not repeated," he says.

Government response in the Lords

Home Office spokesman Lord Bates is delivering the final speech of this debate on the Modern Slavery Bill, as he summates on behalf of the government.

He praises the quality of the debate, and congratulates Lord Cashman, Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen and Baroness Mobarik for their maiden speeches - the first time they have spoken in the Lords since joining the House.

Bill progress

If the bill is passed at second reading by the House of Lords - which it looks more than likely to - it will progress to committee stage.

This is the point at which detailed, line-by-line scrutiny of a bill is undertaken, and amendments are made.

In the House of Lords, committee stage consideration nearly always takes place in a committee of the whole House - in other words, in the main chamber itself.

Adjournment debate

MPs now move to today's final business in the House of Commons: the adjournment debate, led by the Conservative MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, James Morris.

The subject is mental health services and the

homicide investigation report on the death of Christina Edkins.

Labour's reponse

Lord Rosser notes that the bill has support from all sides of the House, but adds that questions have been raised to whether it "should and could" go further to combat the "increasing scourge" of human trafficking and slavery.

He laments that the number of prosecutions to date has "not exactly been overwhelmingly", running "below 50" each year. The number of successful prosecutions is even lower, sometimes in single figures, he adds.

Labour support

Shadow Treasury minister Catherine McKinnell says Labour will support the bill.

However she argues that the bill is long overdue, could overly burden parents by complicating the child benefit system and will "do very little" to combat child poverty.

Closing speeches

Backbench speeches are over which means that the closing speeches can begin, starting with the opposition front bench, who is being represented by Lord Rosser.

He opens his remarks by paying tribute to the three new peers who delivered their maiden speeches in the debate.

Anti-slavery commissioner's role

Kevin Hyland has been appointed as the UK's first anti-slavery commissioner, a post which is established by this bill.

Mr Hyland - a former head of the Metropolitan Police's world renowned Human Trafficking Unit - will act as designate commissioner until the bill becomes law, expected to be next year.

Whilst welcoming the creation of the post, Liberal Democrat Baroness Hamwee expresses her disappointment that the appointment went ahead based on a job description "written before parliament had agreed what that job should be".

She hopes that the job will be about "more than enforcement".

Third reading

MPs now turn to the third reading of the Childcare Payments Bill, the final review of the contents of the bill in the House of Commons.

Third reading debates are limited to what is contained in the bill and usually pass without event, as ministers look back at the bill's passage through the House.

Given that Labour has called this bill a "blunt instrument" that will provide only temporary relief to families, expect the opposition to fire some last shots at the government.

The Modern Slavery Bill

This second reading debate in the Lords has highlighted the cross-party support for the Modern Slavery Bill.

However, several peers have argued for improvements to the bill, including for the creation of a separate offence of child exploitation, a strengthening of measures to tackle supply chain slavery, and for the remits of the anti-slavery commissioner and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to be widened.

Others have called for there to be more support for victims of trafficking and slavery.

Amendment defeated

MPs reject a second Labour-tabled amendment that would have required the government to carry out an impact assessment of the bill every three years, paying special attention to: the effectiveness of the Act on making childcare more affordable, the average cost of childcare for parents in work, and the impact of supply-led measures on the cost of childcare.

Tabling the amendment, new shadow education minster Alison McGovern told MPs that the measure would be a "valuable canary down the mine" on a bill Labour believes to be a "blunt instrument" which fails to tackle the underlying problems in the child care sector and which will "give the most financial support to the best off families."

Responding, Treasury Minister Priti Patel says the government has already committed to reviewing the scheme two years after the bill's passing, and adds that there is nothing to be gained from the amendment.

The government is committed to supporting parents with the cost of child care, she adds.

MPs rejected Labour's amendment by 272 votes to 208, a government majority of 64.

Tellers
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Tellers announce that Labour's New Clause two has been defeated.

'Independent' anti-slavery commissioner

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger, a Conservative peer, welcomes the creation of an anti-slavery commissioner, which she believes will lead to a more efficient and effective system, ultimately resulting in more prosecutions.

However, she says it is important that the post holder is considered independent but questions whether this can "truly be the case" if the role sits in the Home Office, and is appointed by and accountable to the home secretary.

The new anti-slavery commissioner will be responsible for overseeing and co-ordinating law enforcement efforts.

Labour amendment rejected

MPs reject a Labour tabled amendment that would require the government to publish a report on the impact of the new top-up payments to parents of three and four year old children compared to Labour's policy of funding 25 hours per week free childcare.

Labour have said they will extend free childcare to 25 hours for working parents with three and four-year-old - which they say will be a "much better offer to parents" - paid for by an increase in the bank levy.

Treasury Minster Priti Patel tells MPs the government already funds 15 hours a week of early education for three and four year olds and the "least advantaged" parents of two year olds. Ms Patel tells MPs that the current scheme creates greater flexibility and will provide more support to older children as well.

The amendment was defeated by 274 votes to 206, a government majority of 68.

Treasury Minister Priti Patel
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Maiden speech

Peers are being treated to the third and final maiden speech of today - courtesy of Baroness Mobarik, who has joined the House of Lords as a Conservative peer.

Lady Mobarik, formerly chairman of the CBI in Scotland, says businesses have a "moral duty" to take "positive action" to eliminate slavery within their supply chains.

She welcomes the introduction of measures by the government to improve transparency in firms' supply chains, telling peers "it is right that government legislates for this and provides the tools for business to audit effectively".

Baroness Mobarik
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Child exploitation offence

Crossbencher Lord Alton of Liverpool, who formerly sat as a Liberal Democrat MP, says he would like to see a specific offence of child exploitation and trafficking introduced in to the bill.

He also argues for a "statutory principle of non-prosecution" so that children are who have been trafficked are not detained, prosecuted or punished "for offences committed as a direct consequence of their trafficking, slavery or exploitation".

Lord Alton of Liverpool
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Lord Alton adds that he thinks the bill "fails" migrant workers - and indicates this is something that may be revisited at committee stage.

New visa rules

Labour peer Lord Warner identifies four areas of concern in the bill.

He calls on the government to reverse changes made to visa rules for domestic workers in 2012, which charities claims allow abusive employers to demand extremely long hours, and withhold pay and food.

Since April 2012 these workers have been tied to one employer upon entering the UK - meaning they cannot move jobs.

Lord Warner also raises concerns about the remit of the anti-slavery commissioner, and argues that it should be widened.

And he questions whether the bill, as it is currently drafted, adequately protects children who are victims of trafficking.

Childcare Payments Bill

Shadow Treasury minister Catherine McKinnell
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Shadow Treasury minister Catherine McKinnell opens the debate on report stage of the Childcare Payments Bill.

Further work on slavery urged

Whilst welcoming the bill, Baroness Hanham tells peers she hopes that the government will "take courage and go further" to address the "concerns" of all those who deal with victims of trafficking and slavery, and ensure they are "heard and learnt from".

Conservative peer Baroness Hanham
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Bill stages

MPs now turn their attention to the remaining stages Childcare Payments Bill - which sets up a new tax-free childcare scheme to support eligible parents with childcare costs.

The government would provide 20% support on costs up to £10,000 per year for each child via an online account to a maximum of £2,000 a year per child.

The bill is scheduled to complete both report stage and third reading before 22.00 GMT this evening.

Point of order

During a point of order Labour MP John McDonnell accuses the Daily Mail and Conservative Central Office of a "concerted effort" to misrepresent his remarks after a story

appeared in the Daily Mail accusing him of joking about 'lynching' a female Tory minister at a comedy night.

Mr McDonnell was responding to a call from Conservative MP Margot James to apologies for the comments.

Deputy Speaker Dawn Primarolo advises the MPs to settle their disagreement outside of the chamber "over a cup of tea" as debate over comments made outside of the House of Commons should be sorted outside of the chamber.

John McDonnell
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John McDonnell tell MPs that comments he made were misrepresented and used to detract from a speech made by Labour Leader Ed Miliband last Thursday.

Slavery bill resumes in Lords

The statement in the House of Lords is over, and peers resume their second reading debate on the Modern Slavery Bill - beginning with a speech from the Conservatives' Baroness Hanham.