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Summary

  1. The day in the Commons began at 11.30 GMT with questions to the ministerial team at the Foreign Office.
  2. MPs accepted Geoffrey Clifton-Brown's ten minute rule bill to remove a time limit on overseas UK citizens right to vote.
  3. MPs will then took part in an emergency debate, granted yesterday, on the ban by China on the Foreign Affairs Committee visit to Hong Kong, led by Sir Richard Ottaway.
  4. The day's main business was the second reading of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill.
  5. The adjournment debate was on government policy on tackling corruption, led by MP Stephen Barclay.
  6. Peers began the day at 14.30 GMT with oral questions.
  7. The day's main business was the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill at second reading.

Live Reporting

By Aiden James and Sam Francis

All times stated are UK

Goodnight

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The conclusion of the Commons adjournment debate brings to an end our live coverage of today in Parliament.

The House of Commons will sit tomorrow from 11.30 GMT for another busy day, which will include prime minister's questions and the chancellor's autumn statement.

Karen Bradley replies

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In fact, the duty of replying to Mr Barclay for the government falls to Home Office Minister Karen Bradley.

She says Mr Hancock's appointment as anti-corruption minister is a part of the government's actions against corruption.

Karen Bradley
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Tackling corruption debate

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MPs now turn their attention to today's final business, the adjournment debate on government policy on tackling corruption, led by Conservative MP Stephen Barclay,

Mr Barclay says the new government strategy, due to be published soon, provides a chance for Parliament to look at the way the City of London handles corruption - and the revenue from corruption abroad which is finding its way into City financial institutions.

The new anti-corruption minister, Matthew Hancock, is expected to reply.

Bill passes second reading

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Despite some concerns raised during the debate, MPs unanimously agree to give the Counter-Terrorism Bill its second reading.

The bill will now pass to committee stage, where a committee of the whole House will give the bill line-by-line scrutiny.

MPs also agree to a programme motion setting out the bill's passage through Parliament.

Committee stage will be held over three days on 9, 15 and 16 December.

Goodnight from the Lords

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Peers unanimously agree to give the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill its second reading. Which brings business in the Lords to an the end.

Peers will return tomorrow for the second day of committee stage debate on the Modern Slavery Bill.

Stay with us as MPs continue to scrutinise the Counter Terrorism Bill at second reading.

'Terrorism threat'

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Responding to the debate for the government, Home Office minister James Brokenshire reaffirms that the terrorism threat to the UK is as bad as any time since 9/11.

It is Parliament's "duty to ensure our law enforcement agencies that have the tools to keep us safe", he says.

Responding to concerns about encroachment on civil liberties, he says that security and liberty are not mutually exclusive and should instead be seen as "mutually reinforcing".

You cannot have "liberty without security", he says, and tells MPs that liberty is the government's goal.

Summing up on the bill

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Business, Innovation and Skills Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe is summing up for the government after nearly five hours of debate on the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.

Labour response

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Home Office Minister Diana Johnson
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Home Office Minister Diana Johnson is responding to the debate for Labour

'Benefit every region'

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Opposition spokesman Lord Mendelsohn is summing up for Labour in the Small Business Bill debate.

He says his party broadly supports the bill.

He adds that measures to provide small firms with fair access to government procurement contracts should be used to benefit firms "in every region of the UK".

'Here we go again'

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"Here we go again," SNP MP Pete Wishart says, referring to the short amount of time MPs will be given to scrutinise the new counter-terrorism measures - which he says has been "predictably" accompanied by a rise in the terror threat.

He points out to MPs that there have now been seven counter-terrorism bills passed since 9/11, all of which were fast-tracked through Parliament.

"We're invited to believe... that no one is safe, terror is everywhere, that is why we need this legislation as quickly as possible," he says.

"Just like we've needed all the other bills as quickly as possible."

He argues that illiberal ideas and unnecessary powers are often sneaked through in bills such as this.

Director disqualification

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Over in the Lords, Conservative peer Lord Leigh of Hurley is speaking in the second reading debate of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.

He praises the bill's measures to tighten the rules on director disqualification.

He tells peers that 20,000 businesses go into insolvency procedures each year, and people would not want a new business to be run by people who ran another business "into the ground".

'We faced terrorism before'

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Martin Horwood, the Liberal Democrat MP for Cheltenham, which houses the main office of the government communications agency GCHQ, says it is important that Parliament guard against over-reacting, or reacting in such haste that it compromises the "very liberties we are seeking to protect".

He reminds MPs that "we have faced terrorism before" in different forms.

The bill broadly "strikes the right balance", he says, and indicates he will support its measures, but warns MPs that they should not forget their responsibilities due to fear of terrorist attacks.

It is not for the security services to draw the line between liberty and security, he adds.

Propaganda wars

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Conservative MP Dr Julian Lewis calls for the creation of a "counter-propaganda agency" to develop a "counter narrative" to extremists as well as supporting communities in their efforts to challenge radicals.

There is an "ideological struggle" going on, Dr Lewis tells MPs, and complains that the government lack the capacity to neutralise ideology that "infects people" in the first place.

There needs to be a return to war time efforts to expose and denounce fascism, and cold war campaigns to counter totalitarianism, he says.

Where's the DCLG?

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Former Counter-Terrorism Minister Hazel Blears says that there needs to be a broader view around the counter terrorism agenda.

It is not enough to tackle violent extremism, the environment that allows violent extremism to build also needs to be tackled, she says. While parts of the bill are welcome she calls for the Communities and Local Government Department to set out an anti-radicalisation agenda.

Future problems?

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Today's debate will give us a good idea of the scale of problems the bill may face at later stages - and MPs will be seeing a lot of it in the near future - because detailed consideration will be via three days in committee of the whole House on Tuesday 9, Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 December.

Concern on speed

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During an intervention Labour MP Chris Bryant says it is a "nonsense" that when it comes to legislation on things like

circus animals the government always "drags its heels", but when it comes to legislation on the "liberty of the individual" they always have to rush it through the House.

Mr Bryant's comments refer to the recent emergency surveillance legislation - the

Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 - which cleared parliament in just three days in July.

Committee plea

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Chair of the Home Affairs Committee Keith Vaz complains that his committee has not had enough time to consider the bill before it came to the House of Commons.

Emergency pieces of legislation should lead to ministers appearing before the relevant select committees, he says.

Support for bill

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Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve offers his support to the bill. He tells MPs that his former role allowed him to see that the terrorist threat against the UK are not being exaggerated.

While he welcomes the bill he flags some potential technical legal problems in the bill - including the removal of passports possibly interfering with peoples right to a family life, protected by the European Convention on Human Rights, which may lead to increased compensation claims against the government.

As the bill passes through the Commons, MPs must be careful not to create the very "resentments" in society that lead to terrorist activity, he warns.

"We will stop this phenomenon when we can persuade people that the virtues of our society are considerable and its values should be respected," he says.

Peer attacks unpaid internships

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Labour peer Lord Mitchell attacks the practice of using unpaid interns, including in Parliament.

"Unpaid internships are another form of slavery," he declares.

He adds that, while internships can open doors for "rich kids", they do not help those from less well-off backgrounds and interns should be paid.

Labour's concerns

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Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says plans for statutory temporary exclusion orders, to control the return to the UK of British citizens suspected of terrorist activity, actually provide no powers to exclude people. The measure has instead been designed to "give the prime minister the headlines he wanted".

Questions surround what would happen if countries do not want to cooperate with the exclusion orders, and the speed of the powers and safeguards to prevent abuse of the orders remain, she says.

There are not sufficient checks and balances on the requirement on communications firms to hand details to police identifying who was using a computer or mobile phone at a given time - to ensure that it does "what it was intended to do" and doesn't allow unregulated snooping - Ms Cooper says.

Yvette Cooper
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Yvette Cooper lays out the issues Labour has with the bill

Baroness Harding's maiden speech

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Conservative peer Baroness Harding of Winscombe is making her maiden speech in the Lords.

She gives thanks for "the tremendous help of all the staff as well as your Lordships" since she joined the Upper House in September.

Talk Talk executive Diana Harding - known as Dido - is not such a stranger to Parliament, however.

While her father, hereditary peer Lord Harding, does not sit in the Lords, Baroness Harding is married to Conservative MP and government whip John Penrose.

‏@LibDemLords

Lib Dem Lords tweets: Lib Dem @GregMulholland1 wide ranging reforms to pubs and intro of pub code adjudicator. Lib Dem commitments now in Small Business Bill

Labour's response

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Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper is now responding for Labour.

Labour will support the bill, she says, but feels amendments need to be made to the bill in order to protect the "liberty and freedom" of people, as well as keep them from harm.

More needs to be done to prevent people from being drawn into extremism, and while she supports putting the existing

Prevent programme on a statutory footing she says more needs to be done to help community-led programmes - which, she says, are more effective than police or government-led projects.

She asks why the new powers to impose relocation orders on TPIM subjects have been limited to 200 miles from their homes and indicates that Labour will seek to find out why there is a clause inserted to ban those on TPIMs from having access to firearms - something she says most would assume is illegal.

Labour is also worried about the lack of judicial oversight over removing people's passports and cancelling passports at the border for up to 30 days to ensure the power is not abused.

Sugar not sweet on bill

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Labour peer Lord Sugar claims the Small Business Bill "does not go far enough to offer practical, common sense solutions for small business".

He says that late payment of bills causes severe problems for small businesses but claims the bill does nothing to improve the situation.

The Apprentice star advised Gordon Brown's government as a so-called "enterprise tsar".

Lord Sugar
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Small business measures

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Away from pubs and beer, the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill's other measures to help small firms include making it easier to access finance and ensuring that regulations are reviewed regularly.

The bill aims to provide small firms with fair access to the £230bn spent every year on government procurement contracts.

It aims to increase transparency in ownership of businesses and tightens the rules on director disqualification.

It also strengthens enforcement of the UK minimum wage, while tackling the abuse of zero hours contracts.

Struggle with 'deadly ideology'

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Drawing her remarks to a close Home Secretary Theresa May says the need for the legislation is "pressing".

"We are in the midst of a generational struggle with a deadly ideology," she says, and Parliament needs to ensure security forces have all the powers and capabilities they need to tackle this terrorist threat.

Data measures

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Home Secretary Theresa May is setting out one of the more controversial parts of the bill - the requirement on communications service providers to retain the data that would allow relevant authorities to identify the individual or the device that was using a particular internet protocol (IP) address at any given time.

It will also require the government and local authorities to have policies in place to prevent people being drawn into terrorism and ban insurers from paying ransoms to terrorists.

The government has run into trouble on this kind of issue before, notably over the Communications Data Bill, where Tory and Lib Dem backbenchers objected. The Tory dissenters' objections don't seem to be quite so intense on this measure.

Mrs May says these measures will provide "vital additional capability" to law enforcement on investigating a broad range of crime.

This bill only deals with limited fields of data though, she says. Without the full range of measures contained in the Communications Data Bill police services will still have "gaps in their capabilities", she adds.

‏@Lord_Sugar

Lord Sugar tweets: I will be speaking in the House of Lords in a while on the Small Businesses Bill.

You can tune in here.

'Chapter 11' bankruptcy call

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Crossbench peer Lord Bilimoria, the Indian-born entrepreneur behind Cobra Beer, argues that the UK should have an equivalent of "Chapter 11" bankruptcy, which is available in the United States.

Named after the US bankruptcy code 11, Chapter 11 involves a reorganization of a debtor's business affairs and assets.

While complex and expensive, this form of bankruptcy allows debtors time to reorganise their debts and to have the potential for a fresh start.

Lord Bilimoria says the process, while painful, saves companies and "saves brands" and asks the government for its response to his proposal.

Robin Brant

Political Correspondent, BBC News

home sec confirms that she will have power to impose relocation on Tpim subjects up to 200 miles from their homes under new CT bill

@ChrisBryantMP

Labour MP Chris Bryant tweets: Will new powers temporarily to exile British citizens without a proper judicial process make Britain safer?

New measures

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The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill is a seven-part measure which includes:

  • Counter-radicalisation measures - requirements that schools, colleges and probation providers help prevent people being radicalised
  • Changes to TPIMs - Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures - to allow the authorities to force suspects to move to another part of the country
  • Raising the burden of proof for imposing TPIMs from "reasonable belief" to "balance of probabilities"
  • Greater powers to disrupt people heading abroad to fight - including cancelling passports at the border for up to 30 days
  • Statutory temporary exclusion orders to control return to the UK of British citizens suspected of terrorist activity
  • Tighter aviation security - requiring airlines to provide passenger data more quickly and effectively
  • Banning insurance companies from covering ransoms
  • Forcing firms to hand details to police identifying who was using a computer or mobile phone at a given time.

An official explanation of the bill can be found

here.

More on 'tied pubs'

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The

beer tie amendment was put forward by Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland during Commons consideration of the Small Business Bill, and its approval was a defeat for the government.

The British Beer and Pub Association said the amendment was "hugely damaging" to the industry and large pub companies argued that the beer tie was the only way to get a pub off the ground.

However, the Federation of Small Businesses called the Commons vote a "historic day for tied publicans" who will get a "more open" marketplace.

Research for the Campaign for Real Ale found tied pubs paying £150 for a keg of Fosters lager, compared to £84.99 on the open market.

Enhanced security measures

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Setting out the argument for the bill, Home Secretary Theresa May tells MPs around 40 planned terror attacks had been foiled since the 7 July bombings in London in 2005.

The threat from terrorism is become "evermore complex and diverse" she says.

Earlier this year the terror threat level in Britain was raised from "substantial" to "severe" in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

Theresa May
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Theresa May argues that the time is right for enhanced security measures

Terror bill consideration

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MPs unanimously agree the motion - which states "that this House has considered the ban by China on the Foreign Affairs Committee visit to Hong Kong".

MPs now turn their attention to the second reading, and therefore the first debate, of the newly published Counter Terrorism and Security Bill.

Universal suffrage

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Drawing his remarks to a close Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire says the government believe a transfer to universal suffrage in Hong Kong will safeguard the province's future "safety and prosperity".

The government is encouraging all parties to engage in dialogue and believe there is scope for a consensuses that will delver a meaningful democracy in Hong Kong consistent with the 1984 joint deceleration.

Hugo Swire
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Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire

Labour attacks 'recovery' claim

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Shadow business, innovation and skills spokesman Lord Stevenson of Balmacara, speaking on the Small Business Bill, attacks the coalition government's claim to have secured economic recovery.

"Short-termism is still endemic in business and in government," he argues.

"Meanwhile, the use of food banks has soared and many people are still struggling," he adds.

'Unjustified and counter productive'

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Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire condemns China's actions as "not in the spirit of the Sino-British Joint Declaration". The government has repeatedly explained that the Foreign Affairs Committee is completely independent of government,

Mr Swire says that when he met the Vice Minister of the Communist Party International Liaison Department this morning he pointed out that barring the committee form Hong Kong is "unjustified and counter productive" and runs contrary to bi-lateral advancements in the UK's relationship with China.

'Beer tie' broken

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Two weeks ago MPs voted to add an amendment to the Small Business Bill allowing pub landlords to

break the "beer tie" system.

Under the beer tie, pub landlords pay rents below the market rate but have to buy beer from the owners. Now, publicans will be able to choose to be tied, or to buy beer at the market rate.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe says the government initially opposed the move but will not attempt to reverse the Commons' decision.

"The elected chamber has spoken by voting this into the bill and the government has listened," she says.

Tim Reid

Political correspondent, BBC News

FCO minister Hugo Swire says decision to refuse #fac entry to #hongkong is " wholly unjustified;counter productive and unprecedented"