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Summary

  1. The day in the Commons began at 09.30 GMT with the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill at report stage.
  2. MPs spent Friday debating private members' bills.
  3. Peers met at 10am to debate the role of soft power and non-military options in conflict prevention: a debate proposed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Goodbye

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After a long and interesting debate on soft power in conflict resolution, the House of Lords has finished for the week.

We hope that you have enjoyed today's coverage from the Houses of Parliament - we will be back next week on Monday with both Houses fired up for another week in Westminster.

Thanks to peers

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The Archbishop of Canterbury is thanking peers for their contributions to the debate

Drawing to a close

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The Archbishop of Canterbury is winding up the debate on soft power in the Lords.

Archbishop Welby says that listening to the contributions to the debate today was rather like "handing in your homework at school and finding all your teachers simultaneously examining you".

Government position

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Lord Wallace of Saltaire says that soft power can only be achieved through multilateral actions in the modern world.

Summing up

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Lord Wallace of Saltaire is responding to the debate on behalf of the government in the House of Lords.

Lord Wallace agrees with many peers that the reality of modern conflicts and ideological battles requires the promotion of a positive narrative rather than traditional "hard power" in order to prevail.

Lord Wallace argues that in order to do this effectively, we need to now have a debate on our own national narrative.

Calls for advisers

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Baroness Morgan supports the call for "top flight advisers" in the Foreign Office on cultural, ethnic and religious sensitivities around the world.

Farewell to the MPs

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And that's the end of the day - and the week - in the House of Commons. MPs will be back on Monday afternoon. But stick with us as the Lords wrap up their debate.

Government response

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Communities and Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins is responding to Diane Abbott's debate on economic growth in London.

Mr Hopkins says that the measures introduced by Boris Johnson and by the central government have helped the economic growth of London, such as support for SMEs, investment by the London Enterprise Panel, and the £1,000 business relief put in place by the government in 2014-15.

Wrapping up in the Lords

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Baroness Morgan of Ely is wrapping up the debate on soft power and non-military options in conflict prevention for the Opposition.

Baroness Morgan is making the case for internationalism, saying that due to the ever-closer ties between us and our international partners, their prosperity and security is as essential to us as it is to them.

Personal cause

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Diane Abbott says that as a Londoner born and bred - and having thrown her hat into the ring for the Labour nomination for Mayor of London - economic growth in London is an issue that is very close to her heart.

Ms Abbott is referring to many issues in her speech, including travel costs, housing costs, and the wealth gap in London.

London issues

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Diane Abbott is speaking about issues relating to the economic growth of London

Final debate of the day

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All good things must come to an end. We move now to the last item of business, Diane Abbott's adjournment debate on economic growth in London.

Time's up...

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Mr Chope speaks briefly to his bill, but not briefly enough. The debate is cut short as we reach the 2.30pm cut off point.

Third bill of the day

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We now move on to the third private member's bill of the day, much to the surprise of the bill's proposer Christopher Chope.

It is the Convicted Prisoners Voting Bill and MPs are debating it at second reading.

Voices raised

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And the bill passes at third reading! The House of Commons has sent another piece of legislation through to the Lords on the road to becoming legislation.

Praise for the bill

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David Amess's bill looks like it has a good chance of passing third reading, as the shadow minister has given her full support for the measures and we are now on the government wind up of the debate.

Home Office minister James Brokenshire has nothing but words of praise for the bill.

What's the bill about?

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Mr Amess's bill seeks to make a specific offence of supplying specialist printing equipment knowing its use is for criminal purposes.

Third reading of next bill

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And now we move on to the third reading of David Amess's Specialist Printing Equipment and Materials (Offences) Bill.

@justinforsyth

Save the Children CEO Justin Forsyth tweets: Watching the live vote in the House of Commons on the #aid bill. Feel so proud to be British. Well done to our MPs #turnupsavelives

And it's through

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Ayes: 146, Noes: 5 - the bill passes third reading with a majority of 141 votes.

The International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill now moves on to the sunny pastures of the House of Lords where the whole process begins again.

What's the result?

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Ayes: 145. Noes: 5. That vote means that the debate on the bill has finished in the Commons, and MPs will vote to read the bill a third time.

And that means MPs divide again.

Religious soft power

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Baroness Berridge speaks about the role of religious soft power in conflict prevention, citing the example of the Central African Republic where she says the Catholic Archbishop has given sanctuary in his own home to the country's lead Imam.

She asks the minister to outline what assessment has been made of the religious understanding of civil servants across government, and whether there was a strategic plan to address any gaps in this knowledge.

Division!

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And once again, there is a call for a closure motion on the third reading of the bill. MPs now divide.

If successful this would bring the debate to an end.

The result of the division is expected at 14.05 GMT.

After this, MPs will vote on the third reading of the bill. So there's a little way to go yet before the adjournment debate at 14.30 GMT.

Next speaker

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Baroness Berridge speaks about religious soft power in the debate

Christian message

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The Bishop of Derby is advocating the work of Christian Aid in some of the most difficult locations in the world, including in Colombia and Israel/Palestine.

The Bishop says that soft power will often work through a number of small engagements that add up to something larger over time.

He calls the teaching of Jesus to love your enemies the "great text of soft power".

Bill 'inadequate'

Jacob Rees-Mogg stands to outline his reasons to oppose the bill; he explains that he feels the bill is inadequate in dealing with the poverty outlined in the speech by the shadow secretary for international affairs, Mary Creagh.

'Narrative of hope'

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The Bishop of Derby argues that soft power needs to be supported by a narrative of hope.

Plenty of speakers

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With 10 peers left to speak, the debate is still well attended.

BBC praised again

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BBC International Trustee, Lord Williams of Baglan is praising the work of the BBC world service and its "courageous and outstanding" journalists.

Lord Williams says that the service faces serious problems in meeting its many needs with reduced resources.

@DArcyTiP

Mark D'Arcy

Parliamentary correspondent

BTW it's worth pointing out that while main opposition to Ind Devpt Bill came from Con backbenchers far more Con MPs voted FOR it today

Conservative and UKIP agreement

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Following UKIP's Mark Reckless' speech, Conservative MP Christopher Chope stands. He tells MPs that he largely agrees with Mr Reckless' concerns about international aid and the bill before the House.

ECHR risks

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Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead asks the minister if any risk assessment has been undertaken by the government of the effects of leaving the European Convention on Human Rights.

Baroness Kinnock argues that the move could harm the UK's ability to exert soft power on human rights.

And elsewhere...

‏@naughtiej

BBC's James Naughtie tweets: Looking forward to revisiting the Thorpe Affair on @BBCRadio2 with @paddy_o_c in a few minutes. Memories, memories.

Soft power 'preferable' to the alternative

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Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead says soft power is arduous, painstaking and heavy with risk - but much preferable to the alternatives

British education praised

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Lord Cormack joins with several other peers in his praise for the role of British universities in promoting British values to foreign students.

Lord Cormack says that there is no better ambassador for British values than someone who has studied in the UK and returns to their country having embraced our values.

Lord Hylton's speech

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Lord Hylton speaks about the need for grassroots organisations to combat poverty and division around the world.

Investment needed

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Lord Hylton speaks about the need for both domestic and foreign investment in large infrastructure projects in the Middle East and North Africa to provide hope and prosperity to vulnerable people in the region.

Third reading reached

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In the vote on new clause 7: ayes to the right 4; noes to the left 145.

The noes have it. So another clause falls.

And that means that consideration of clauses has finished and Lib Dem MP Michael Moore stands up to say how delighted he is that MPs have reached third reading.

Admiration for the BBC

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Lord West of Spithead warns that we live in an "extremely chaotic and highly dangerous world" that is likely to become even more so in the coming decades as the world's increasing population compete for resources.

In this context, he says that soft power is more vital than ever, although it must also be mirrored by the availability of hard power.

Lord West has words of admiration for the BBC World Service, calling it "an exemplar of British values" and that it is hard to overestimate its worth in conflict prevention and promoting our values.