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Summary

  1. MPs met for questions to the Home Office ministerial team.
  2. Stephen Doughty MP, Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, asked an urgent question on the terrorism threat and security measures in the UK in light of the attack in Orlando, Florida.
  3. The main business of the day was the consideration of the Policing and Crime Bill at report stage.
  4. After oral questions, peers held debates on a Digital Skills Committee report; and then on the EU Committee report on energy governance.

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By Sam Francis, Esther Webber and Georgina Pattinson

All times stated are UK

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End of business in the Commons

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That's it from the Commons for today - they'll be back tomorrow at 11.30am for questions to justice ministers and then they have the second reading of the Wales Bill - which sets out new powers to be transferred to the National Assembly for Wales or Welsh ministers.

Communities 'can't have everything' on mental health

Adjournment debate

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Responding to Lib Dem Tim Farron's adjournment debate on the closure of Kentmere health ward at Westmorland General Hospital, Health Minister Alistair Burt assures the House he wants to ensure "best possible services are provided"

But he cautions that "each local community can't have everything available" and ultimately "this is a matter for the local NHS". 

Alistair Burt
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Lib Dem leader makes plea for Westmorland Hospital

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Tim Farron
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Lib Dem leader and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron, is opening his debate closure of Kentmere health ward at Westmorland General Hospital.

He says it would be "harmful to the health of patients" and the care there is "excellent". He adds that the alternative hospitals are "some distance away" and could result in patients being "cut off". 

Policing and Crime Bill passes at third reading

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Home Secretary Theresa May, moving the bill at third reading, says she hopes it will "improve efficiency and effectiveness of our emergency services".

But shadow home secretary Andy Burnham calls it a "decidedly mixed bag" which he argues "undermines the independence of fire and police services". 

He says it has not met the concerns of those who wanted to see greater police accountability after Hillsborough and he hopes peers will return to the issue when the bill passes to the Lords. 

Theresa May
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House suspended

Policing and Crime Bill

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Speaker John Bercow suspends the House for five minutes to make a determination on the Policing and Crime Bill in relation to English votes on English laws. 

Labour amendment on child abductions rejected

Policing and Crime Bill

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MPs vote 257-157 to reject Labour's new clause 60, which would have required police forces in England and Wales to report to the secretary of state each year on the number of Child Abduction Warning Notices issued and breached.  

Division in the Commons

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MPs have divided to vote on Labour's new clause 60, which would require police forces in England and Wales to report to the secretary of state each year on the number of Child Abduction Warning Notices issued and breached.

Plaid amendment defeated

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MPs have voted 262-12 to reject a new clause from Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville Roberts, which would give the National Assembly for Wales responsibility for policing - giving powers over policing, police pay, probation, community safety, and crime.   

End of Lords Business

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And with that the House of Lords concludes for the day. 

Peers will be back at 2.30pm tomorrow where the main business will be the contested second reading of the Children and Social Work Bill.

Changes will 'ease pressure' on courts

Orders and Regulations

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Shadow justice minister Lord Beecham
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Shadow justice minister Lord Beecham offers Labour's support to the changes, which he says will "ease the pressure" on the senior courts in the appeal process.

He tells peers that "half of the 636 court appeals adjourned were adjourned because of lack of resources".

However, he complains that the proposals were "debated for all of 13 minutes" in the House of Commons.

Division in the Commons

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MPs have divided to vote on a new clause from Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville Roberts, which would give the National Assembly for Wales responsibility for policing - giving powers over policing, police pay, probation, community safety, and crime. 

New offences would confuse the courts, Home Office says

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Home Office Minister Karen Bradley explains why the government is reluctant to accept amendments on revenge pornography and child grooming.

The changes would be "creating a whole new suite of offences which confuse the courts and make it more difficult to secure convictions", she argues. 

Lib Dems push for further steps to tackle revenge pornography

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Lib Dem former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael is introducing two new clauses on revenge pornography, making the disclosure of private sexual images with intent to cause distress an offence and providing a mechanism for compensation.  

He pays tribute to the work already done to make revenge pornography illegal but advises "it is a stubborn problem and more action is going to be required". 

Alistair Carmichael
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Labour: Victims' commissioner under-resourced

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Shadow Home Office minister Sarah Champion tells the House "we must maintain constant vigilance" in protecting vulnerable children, arguing for more stringent regulation of taxi licensing. 

She adds that the role of victims' commissioner has "great potential" but is "under-resourced", and a commitment to victims' rights should be on the face of the bill. 

Earlier fellow Labour MP Ann Coffey introduced an amendment designed to prevent the grooming of children by known criminals. 

Sarah Champion
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Court appeals regulations

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London's Royal Court of Justice
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Peers have voted to approve the Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors Regulations 2016  without a vote and now move to a series of amendments to Access to Justice Act which would change the path of appeals process through the courts in Civil and Family Courts.

The regulations being debated are the Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) (Amendment) Order 2016, and the Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) Order 2016.

Audit regulations changes

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MPs now move to the first of a series of statutory instruments making amendments not deemed major enough to warrant primary legislation.

Peers are being asked to pass the Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors Regulations 2016 (the draft 2016 Regulations), which will implement the Statutory Audit Amending Directive and EU Audit Regulation in the UK.   

The main impact of the orders will be to harmonise the regulation of audits on Public Interest Entities - such as banks, building societies and insurance companies - across the EU.

Treasury spokesman Earl Courtdown argues the system also allows "flexibility to regulate audit systems in accordance with national regimes have built up over time".

Former minister calls for digital crime units

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Conservative former culture secretary Maria Miller is talking about the need for digital crime units to be set up within the police to deal with problems including child sexual exploitation online.  

Her party colleague Tim Loughton notes that the police are "overwhelmed" by investigations into historic child sex abuse, and this may not be the best use of resources. 

Maria Miller
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Government backs single energy market

EU energy governance debate

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Responding to the debate for the government, Energy Minister Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth says the UK "has long been an advocate of creating the single energy market". 

"The single energy market is the cornerstone of our being able to provide secure, affordable and sustainable energy supplies" he argues, and "could save EU consumers £50bn a year in energy costs". 

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
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Plaid Cymru argues for devolution of policing to Wales

Policing and Crime Bill

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Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts is introducing her new clause, which would give the National Assembly for Wales responsibility for policing - giving powers over policing, police pay, probation, community safety, and crime.

She points out Wales is the only home nation with "no say in its policing" and says devolution would allow police services to take account of local needs.

Liz Saville Roberts
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Labour amendment on Leveson rejected

Policing and Crime Bill

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MPs have voted 155-268 against Labour's new clause 64, which would have compelled the prime minister to instigate "Leveson phase two".

Division in the Commons

Policing and Crime Bill

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MPs are voting on Labour's new clause 64, which would compel the prime minister to instigate an independent inquiry such as "Leveson two" into the relationships between the press and police and the extent to which that has operated in the public interest.   

Labour amendment defeated

Policing and Crime Bill

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MPs have voted 155-264 against Labour's new clause 63, proposing parity of funding for the police and families at inquests.  

Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham said the 27-year fight Hillsborough families had to endure showed how the odds were "stacked against" families seeking the truth.

But Home Office Minister Mike Penning said that while the government would not introduce the measure, "we are working as hard as we can" to ensure the police can be held to a

Division in the Commons

Policing and Crime Bill

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MPs are now voting on Labour's new clause 63, proposing parity of funding for the police and families at inquests.

Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham earlier accused the government of "weakening its position" on this, but Home Office Minister Mike Penning denied the claim, insisting "we will wait for conclusions of criminal cases" before legislating. 

What is the EU Energy Union Strategy?

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The EU Commission's Energy Union Strategy proposes to create a single European energy market.

The Energy Union plan would give the Commission more influence in the negotiation of gas supply contracts.

It is partly designed to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian gas, at a time of tension over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The proposals still need to be approved by member states and the European Parliament.

The Commission says they will give customers more choice, bring down prices and cut down on the use of fossil fuels.

Read more here.

Pressure gauge on a gas pipe
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Energy policy 'cannot be formed in isolation'

EU energy governance debate

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Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Scott of Needham Market opens the debate on her committee's report into the EU energy governance.

She says her report found that "energy policy in the 21st Century cannot be formed in isolation".

The European Commission’s Energy Union Strategy will "recognise this reality and attempt to ensure Europe as a secure affordable and low carbon supply of energy".

Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Scott of Needham Market
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Parliamentarians attend Orlando vigil in central London

Outgoing leader of the Green Party tweets:

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Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson have also been spotted there. 

'British are not cowed by such events'

UK Security Statement

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Conservative peer and founder of the Kings Cross Steelers gay rugby club Lord Hayward pleads for "a British response to this, not simply ensuring pride is safe but encouraging the nation at large to come out to show support"

"The British are not cowed by such events."

He adds he was "partying in gay night clubs in Florida only last week" with gay rugby players.

Lord Hayward
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No plans to postpone gay Pride events

UK Security statement

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Shadow home office minister Lord Rosser
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Shadow home office minister Lord Rosser asks whether there "further measures are needed to ensure the safety of those attending Pride celebrations".

Lending Labour's support to the government statement he says: "We seek to create an environment where no sections of our society feel demonised or threatened or discriminated against."

Lord Ahmad responds that the police are "further reviewing plans" for the annual Pride marches across the UK, but "are not encouraging any organisations to postpone LGBT events".

Use of tasers on psychiatric wards 'unnecessary'

Policing and Crime Bill

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Norman Lamb
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Lib Dem former health minister Norman Lamb introduces his new clause banning the use of tasers on psychiatric wards, saying they are neither necessary nor appropriate. 

He highlights findings that black and ethnic minority people are more likely to be detained than white people and more likely to be on the receiving end of the use of force.

He has another amendment calling for people not to be removed to a place of safety that is a police station, except when their behaviour is so extreme they cannot be safely managed and no alternative place of safety is available.  

Orlando nightclub shooting statement

UK security statement

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Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon is repeating the response to this morning's urgent question on the mas shooting in an Orlando gay nightclub which killed 49 people and injured 53.

The full text of the statement, made by Home Secretary Theresa May, is available on Hansard.

Justice Committee chair warns of 'cosiness' between police and journalists

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As part of the Policing and Crime Bill, shadow home secretary Andy Burnham is repeating Labour's call for the second stage of the Leveson Inquiry to go ahead.

The first part of the inquiry, in 2011-2012, examined press ethics, but hearings into ties between newspapers and the police were put on hold amid criminal inquiries over phone hacking.

Conservative Bob Neill, who chairs the Justice Committee, says he's satisfied the government is acting correctly on this but warns of "long-term day-to-day cosiness between police officers and reporters" which he says needs to be dealt with through "firm management and leadership of police service". 

Neill
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No announcement on Digital Agenda

Digital skills debate

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Business Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe refuse to announce a date for the government's much-trailed digital agenda, despite several appeals during the debate for a clear time frame.

She tells peers that the government will announce the digital agenda "shortly", to groans from around the House, but insists the announcement is imminent "and not by the end of the year".

The government is "working with numerous stakeholders" to finalise the document, she says.

"Finalising our strategy, we can take account of the expertise of noble lords," she adds.

Business Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe
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Government is 'captivated by its own rhetoric'

Digital skills debate

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Labour's business spokesman Lord Stevenson of Balmacara complains that the committee's enthusiasm for the digital economy has "not been matched by the government response".

The government's response to the committee report shows "that the government is rather good by being captivated by its own rhetoric and not dealing with the detail".

The government needs to provide "real detail on what the digital agenda will contain" he argues.

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara
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House of Lords compared to 'kingdom of the blind' on IT skills

Digital Skills debate

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Labour peer Lord Maxton tells the House he is "considered to be something of an expert with the iPhone, iPad and the computer" by other peers, but doesn't have "the foggiest idea how a computer works".

He says he know he is "laughed at" and "considered almost as a nerd by some people in the House of Lords" because of his love of technology, but that he does not need to know how computers operate to use them properly.

He raises the point to make the argument for focusing on "teaching people how to use IT" rather than traditional IT skills.

Reading from his iPad he says: "I know how to drive a car, but I don't know how a combustion engine works."

He admits that being the computer expert in the House of Lords is like being "the one-eyed man in the kingdom of the blind".

Labour peer Lord Maxton
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Minister: Nobody can say Hillsborough injustice will not be repeated

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Mike Penning
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After discussing the inspection of fire and rescue services, Home Office Minister Mike Penning discusses Labour's proposed amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill, which would ensure legal funding for bereaved families at inquests where police are involved.

One of the Merseyside Labour MPs involved in campaigning on behalf of Hillsborough families, Steve Rotheram, asks for assurance the injustice they suffered "could never happen again".

Home Office Minister Mike Penning says nobody can give that assurance "but we are trying as hard as we can" to ensure police misconduct does not go unpunished. 

Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham signals his intention to push the amendment to a vote later this afternoon.

UK cyber crime costs £27bn a year

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Person using a laptop computer keyboard
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A 2011 report from the Cabinet Office found that cyber crime costs the UK economy £27bn a year.

The figures are a mid-range estimate and the real cost could be much higher.

They are made up of £21bn of costs to businesses, £2.2bn to government and £3.1bn to citizens.

The report, by information consultants Detica for the Cabinet Office, calculated that the theft of intellectual property – such as designs and formulas – from businesses costs £9.2bn.

At the time the Cabinet Office said that "in all probability, and in line with worst-case scenarios, the real impact of cyber crime is likely to be much greater". It is thought that many firms are reluctant to report cyber attacks out of fear that it would damage their reputation.

Solemn scenes in the Commons

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MPs stand
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This was the scene earlier in the Commons as MPs observed a minute's silence to commemorate victims of the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando. 

Universal superfast broadband 'not enough': TalkTalk boss

Digital Skills debate

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Baroness Harding of Winscombe - better known perhaps as TalkTalk chief executive Dido Harding - argues that improving broadband coverage in the UK is "not enough". She tells peers that 10m people "remain digitally excluded" as they do not know how to use the internet. 

"The vast majority" of digitally excluded people have access to super-fast broadband, they're scared of it and they think it's not for them. Extending broadband coverage is not a substitute for improving digital skills," she says.

Pointing to research from the Tinder Foundation she tells peers it costs "as little as £47 to open up the digital world to someone" and calls on the government to increase the investment into achieving universal digital literacy.

Baroness Harding of Winscomb
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Labour MP expresses sorrow over Orlando attacks

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Following the attack in Orlando, a Labour MP urges solidarity with LGBT community.

Policing and Crime Bill debate begins

Policing and Crime Bill

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MPs have now moved on to the Policing and Crime Bill, starting with a government new clause on the inspection of fire and rescue authorities.