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Summary

  1. PMQs: Corbyn v May over schools
  2. He says grammars are "vanity project"
  3. PM says Corbyn sent son to a grammar school
  4. MPs discuss aviation security measures
  5. Lib Dem Tim Farron wants new EU referendum

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By Brian Wheeler and Alex Hunt

All times stated are UK

The key bits from Prime Minister's Questions

Thanks for joining us for coverage of this week's big event in the Commons - you can follow proceedings in the Commons, Lords, Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly and Welsh Assembly on BBC Parliament live pages.

And we leave you with a selection of key PMQs clips

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Tory MP: Why are laptops 'safer in the hold?

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During Mr Grayling's statement earlier, a number of Conservative MPs pressed for more details about the laptop cabin ban and expressed concerns about the political signal that it sent out.

Former Foreign Office minister Huge Swire, who has just returned from a trip to Egypt, said he had seen first hand the "devastating" impact that the ban on flights to Sharm-al-Sheikh and said many in the country felt that they were being "singled out".

He said British ministers and officials needed to go on a "diplomatic offensive" to explain why the measures were necessary.

Sir Desmond Swayne, a former international development minister, had a very succinct question, asking Mr Grayling why ministers believed laptops, tablets and larger mobile phones were "safer in the hold".

The transport secretary said he could not discuss the detail of the evolving security threat but the UK had taken the right decision in terms of protecting British citizens.

In response, Sir Desmond was seen to nod his head rather ruefully and sport what can only be described as a quizzical look. 

Business this afternoon

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MPs now move on to consider the remaining stages of the Pension Schemes Bill, which amends earlier legislation to cap early exit charges and administration charges.

It also seeks to protect pension savings in ‘Master Trust’ schemes, which involve contributions from employees of multiple companies.

The bill has cleared all stages in the House of Lords.

Once third reading is completed, MPs move on to a general debate on the subject of Brexit and global trade.

Second EU referendum bill to get second reading

Ten minute rule motion

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"If the prime minister is so confident that the deal she is planning for is what people voted for, then why not have a vote?" says Tim Farron, closing his speech introducing his bill for a second EU referendum.

His bill goes to second reading unopposed, but it is very unlikely to become law.

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Lib Dem leader 'passionately' believes UK should stay in single market

Ten minute rule motion

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"No-one knows what the final deal will look like," says Mr Farron, but that the prime minister has already ruled out continued membership of the EU single market.

"I passionately believe that ending our membership of the world's biggest market will damage the UK," he says, and he demands that the UK remain in it.

The prime minister is "pulling us out before the negotiations have even begun."

'Ludicrous inconsistency' of government over Brexit

Ten minute rule motion

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"I accept that we have had our mandate referendum," says Tim Farron, but goes on to argue that the British people should have a say on the "final destination".

"The government displayed ludicrous inconsistency" on refusing to allow a meaningful vote in the Commons on the eventual deal with the European Union, he says.

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'Democracy did not end on 23 June last year' - Lib Dem leader

Ten minute rule motion

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Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron is now introducing his Terms of Withdrawal from the European Union (Referendum) Bill under the ten minute rule motion.

Mr Farron's private member's bill seeks to require a referendum on the eventual terms of the UK's deal for leaving the EU.

"Democracy did not end at 10pm on 23 June last year," he says in his opening comments.

Lib Dem support for leader

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A number of Lib Dem MPs have turned out to support their leader Tim Farron who will be introducing his ten minute rule motion on a referendum following the final Brexit deal in a few moments.

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'Don't cancel holiday plans' - transport secretary

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"We are not saying to people 'do not fly to these countries'," says Chris Grayling in response to a question on reassurance for passengers from Conservative Kevin Foster.

"We are not asking them to cancel holidays," he says, this is about ensuring passengers are safe when they do travel.

The countries listed in the electronic devices ban are Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

Concerns over security at overseas airports

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Labour MP Louise Ellman, who is chair of the Transport Committee, asks for clarification for passengers, and how the situation at overseas airports is being assessed "where it's known there are security concerns".

The transport secretary says the government wants to ensure that business and tourist travel continues and that he is working internationally to address security concerns at other airports.

"We will do everything we can to work with our partners to ensure we have as a safe an aviation business as we possibly can," Chris Grayling tells MPs.

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'Nothing to do with singling out countries' - transport secretary

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Opposition spokesperson Richard Burden presses the transport secretary for more information on why certain countries are listed in the electronic devices ban.

The transport secretary reiterates that he cannot give more precise details about security threats, but that the policy has "nothing to do with singling out countries" and is entirely based on evolving security requirements.

Chris Grayling goes on to say that the UK does not have to "match" US security measures.

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No further details on electronics ban

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Transport Secretary Chris Grayling says he cannot give details on the kinds of threats the government has been made aware of, or precisely why flights from certain countries have been included in the electronic devices ban.

He goes on to say that the UK must make its own security arrangements, and that measures taken by the United States "is a matter for them".

Mr Grayling says he will be writing to UK insurers to make them aware that insurance will be required to cover electronic devices carried in hold luggage where the risk of theft is greater.

What comes under the cabin baggage ban?

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The cabin baggage ban on laptops and tablets, announced by the UK government on Tuesday, applies to certain direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

The ban applies to any device larger than 16cm long, 9.3cm wide or 1.5cm deep. It includes smart phones, but most fall outside these limits.

'Major change' to airport security questioned

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Labour's Gavin Shuker has a series of follow-up questions to the transport secretary's statement.

"This is a major change to our airport security," he says, before asking why the UK's ban on electronic devices differs from that imposed by the United States, and why it applies to flights from different countries.

Mr Shuker wants to know what passengers who have paid for cabin baggage-only tickets will do, and whether insurance will be available to cover the carriage of electronic devices in the hold.

Security is 'top priority' against 'evolving' terrorist threat - Grayling

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Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is now answering an urgent question from Labour's Gavin Shuker on recent changes to airline security measures .

The transport secretary confirms that passengers flying into the UK from seven countries including Turkey will not be able to take certain electronic devices into the aircraft cabin.

"We understand the frustration this may cause," says Mr Grayling, but airline security is the government's top priority.

"We face a constantly evolving threat from terrorism," he says, meaning that government must continue to update security arrangements in response.

No U-turn on school funding?

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BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg says the government does not see school funding as its "next U-turn" because there is a consultation and it is not firm policy yet - but they are not prepared to budge on the principle of revising the formula.

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Labour's Dromey gets final question

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Jack Dromey returns to school funding - following on from Mr Corbyn's attacks. Mrs May says the funding formula will address unfairness, which she says sees some London schools get twice as much money as schools in other areas.

Running over time... again

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Speaker Bercow is letting PMQs run longer than its allotted half hour as usual, allowing questions on subjects ranging from loneliness to health funding from backbench MPs. Guess you can't have too much of a good thing...

Watch: MP urges rethink on Parliament renovation plan

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May pressed over Brexit by Plaid Cymru MP

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Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards cites the Charge of the Light Brigade and  accuses Mrs May of having no Brexit plan. She bats it away by saying she is enacting the will of the British people.

May asked about homelessness in her old borough

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Labour's Siobhain McDonagh raises a case from her south London constituency of a homeless London-born, working single mother who was not offered adequate housing. How can this be right in a rich city like London which, she says, Russian oligarchs and Chinese banks own swathes of.

Mrs May - who used to be on Merton's housing committee with Mrs McDonagh in her former life as a local councillor - insists the government is dealing with homelessness but it would "take time".

Watch: Theresa May pressed on school funding

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Conservative election campaign row

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The SNP's Pete Wishart raises the row over party election spending. Mrs May says the Conservative Party - which was recently fined £70,000 for breaking the rules - made an "administrative error" and has complied with the Electoral Commission.

Network Rail compensation

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Tory MP Huw Merriman says it should be made easier for rail passengers to claim compensation for delays. Mrs May says the government is looking at ways of making it easier and to advertise how to do it.

Stop spending money on ourselves - Tory MP

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Veteran Tory Sir Edward Leigh - former chair of the public accounts committee - urges the government not to waste too much money on renovating the Palace of Westminister. He wants an assurance that there will be a free vote on the issue.

Mrs May says MPs will get a vote on it.

Back to school funding

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Theresa May deals with some easy questions from her own side before Labour's Lillian Greenwood drags her back to school funding cuts. Theresa May says she responded to this earlier but  MPs on all sides think the current formula is unfair. 

"We are grasping this issue, Labour did nothing for 13 years," she says in a low voice (with echoes of Margaret Thatcher?). Again she stresses that the current proposal is one being consulted on - suggesting that changes are not out of the question?

Watch: SNP call for Scotland to have a choice

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Watch: Theresa May gets personal in defence of grammar schools

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Watch: Jeremy Corbyn raises school funding

Tobacco control plan

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Labour's Alex Cunningham asks when we can expect to see the "long-awaited and much-delayed" tobacco control plan. Soon, says a smiling Theresa May.

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