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Summary

  1. Brexit Committee questions Sadiq Khan
  2. MPs in Commons chamber question business ministers
  3. PM reports on EU summit
  4. Budget debate concludes
  5. Peers meet at 2.30pm for questions
  6. Lords then look at Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill and debate Budget

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By Kate Whannel, Esther Webber and Ben Butcher

All times stated are UK

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Good Night!

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House of Lords adjourn
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And that concludes the day in the House of Lords.

Peers return tomorrow at 3:00pm for oral questions followed by debate of two bills - the Neighbourhood Planning Bill and the Higher Education and Research Bill. 

Join us then.

There is 'unacceptable variation' says minister

End of life care debate

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Lord O'Shaughnessy
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Health Minister Lord O'Shaughnessy agrees with peers that there is too much "unacceptable variation" in the provision of end of life care.

He tells the House that all NHS Trusts that have a poor record on palliative care are visited by NHS Improvement.

He also says that the training standards for care workers are being changed to encourage "honest conversations and personalised care".

He recalls reading Albert Camus' A Happy Death in his teenage years and adds that although he is no longer an existentialist, a happy death is what we all want to achieve.

Wheeler: Better out of hours care needed

End of life care debate

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Baroness Wheeler
HoL

Shadow health minister Baroness Wheeler says good palliative care needs increasing out of hours care.

She also calls for closer working between the NHS, social care and voluntary services.

Some STPs don't fully recognise the importance of third parties, she adds.

How can the worst learn from the best asks peer

End of life care debate

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Baroness Walmsley
HoL

Lib Dem spokeswoman Baroness Walmsley says there are wide variations in the quality of palliative care.

She notes that some medical students only get one day of end of life care, whereas others get three weeks. 

She asks the minister how those areas that perform badly can learn from the best.

Meacher: A culture change is needed

End of life care debate

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Baroness Meacher
HoL

Crossbencher Baroness Meacher calls for "a real culture change" towards patient choice which "involves planning ahead".

She notes that patients are often only given their options if they bring up the subject themselves.

She expresses disappointment that "only a minority" of STPs have laid out clear plans on improving end of life care and hopes that NHS England will ensure such plans are revised.

'A quality death'

End of life care debate

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Corssbencher Lord Carlile of Berriew says he has witnessed "a quality death" of someone he loved. 

He tells peers that the experience can be "as profound an event as witnessing the birth of a child".

However he says that for a death to be of good quality, end of life care is essential. 

Approach to end of life care 'looks grim'

End of life care debate

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Baroness Finlay of Llandaff
HoL

Crossbencher Baroness Finlay of Llandaff opens the debate.

Death is inevitable, she says adding that people need to be involved in discussions about their care.

She welcomes the commitments from the government but regrets that they have not provided the £130m for end of life care that was recommended.

She also expresses concern that the early analysis of Sustainability and Transformation Plans' (STPs) approaches to end of life care "looks grim".

She notes that almost half make no mention of palliative care.

End of life care debate begins

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Elder;y hand
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The debate on the budget concludes and peers move on to a debate on implementing the undertakings made in Our Commitments to you for end of life care: The Government Response to the Review of Choice in End of Life Care .

The report sets out six government commitments to help those in end of life care to:

  • Have honest discussions with care professionals about their needs and preferences
  • Make informed choices about their care
  • Develop and document a personalised care plan
  • Discuss their personalised care plans with care professionals
  • Involve their family, carers and those important to them in all aspects of their care as much as they want
  • Know who to contact for help and advice at any time.

'A prudent and fair budget'

Budget debate

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Baroness Neville-Rolfe
HoL

Commercial Secretary Baroness Neville-Rolfe says the Budget "safeguards the economy" and ensure there is "headroom" to respond to global uncertainty.

She says extra funding will help social care which she describes as "a system clearly under pressure".

The government is also looking at the long term solutions, she says, including how to tax the digital economy and a fairer way to implement business rates. 

She concludes by describing the budget as "a prudent and fair" one.

Davies: Prioritising austerity has cost the UK

Budget debate

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Lord Davies of Oldham
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Labour spokesman Lord Davies of Oldham regrets that "after all the sacrifices" there will be "another five years of austerity".

"Making austerity a priority has cost the British people so much," he argues.

What should have been prioritised, he suggests, is growing the economy, specifically improving productivity.

Commons adjourns

Adjournment debate

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The energy minister Jesse Norman stresses that households struggling with their bills are eligible for insulation measures, including solid wall insulation, through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. 

Homeowners and those in privately rented homes who are on specific benefits may also be eligible for support towards heating improvements, including oil-fired boiler replacements, through ECO Affordable Warmth.

The Commons returns tomorrow at 11.30am for Northern Ireland questions. 

Kramer: Chancellor has been painted into a corner

Budget debate

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Baroness Kramer
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Lib Dem spokeswoman Baroness Kramer responds to the debate.

She says that social care is in a state of near crisis and argues that £2bn might have been enough funding for one year but spreading the funding over three years does not meet this problem.

She describes cuts to corporation tax and inheritance tax as "completely inappropriate" arguing that corporation tax does not change the behaviour of companies.

Ultimately she says the budget had to be "limited, low risk and minimalist" because the chancellor has "been painted into a corner".

MP highlights fuel poverty

Adjournment debate

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Conservative Paul Scully opens his adjournment debate highlighting the issue of fuel poverty. 

He says there are around 600,000 households with no central heating. 

Analysis carried out by the BBC last year suggests one in ten families in the UK face heating bills they cannot afford.

MPs back alcoholic drinks duty rise

Budget debate

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MPs vote 313 to 276 in favour of a motion enabling the government to raise duties on certain alcoholic drinks.  

Porter: Councils asked for more social care money than they needed

Budget debate

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Lord Porter of Spalding
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"I am really pleased that members of this House are not responsible for the Budget," begins Conservative Lord Porter of Spalding, who is chair of the Local Government Association.

He criticises the government for failing to address housing and for not reversing the new homes bonus. 

He welcomes the £2bn for social care, noting it is not far off what local councils ask for.

He admits that councils were "probably asking for a bit more than we needed".

MPs voting on alcoholic drinks duty rates

Budget debate

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MPs are voting on a motion enabling the government to raise duties on certain alcoholic drinks.

MPs back insurance premium tax rise

Budget debate

House of Commons

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MPs vote 309 to 286 to back a motion on raising the insurance premium tax from 10% to 12% at the standard rate.  

MPs vote on insurance premium tax rise

Budget debate

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MPs now divide to vote on raising the insurance premium tax from 10% to 12% at the standard rate.

Peer proposes global tax system

Budget debate

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Lord Lupton
HoL

Conservative Lord Lupton welcomes the increased use of "diverse channels" to fund businesses such as the enterprise investment scheme and the entrepreneurs relief. 

He also welcomes investment in artificial investment - an area where he says the UK needs to capitalise on its leading status.

Turning to taxing companies, "when they do grow" he proposes a global tax system fit for taxing multinational companies.

MPs back business relief changes

Budget debate

House of Commons

Parliament

MPs vote 319 to 275 in favour of a motion enabling the government to make changes to business investment relief under Chapter A1 of Part 14 of the Income Tax Act 2007.    

Chapter A1 related to limits on liability to income tax of non-UK residents.

MPs vote on changes to business investment relief

Budget debate

House of Commons

Parliament

MPs divide to vote on a motion enabling the government to make changes to business investment relief under Chapter A1 of Part 14 of the Income Tax Act 2007.  

Treasury minister says Labour may become obsolete

Budget debate

House of Commons

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David Gauke
BBC

Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke says the Budget shows "determination to face up to long-term challenges".

He says some jobs may become outmoded "including those in the Labour Party" but it is not the government's job to "preserve the old by stifling the new". 

He highlights measures in the Budget aimed at improving skills. 

Labour mocks chancellor's National Insurance plans

Budget debate

House of Commons

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Peter Dowd
BBC

Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Peter Dowd winds up for Labour, arguing "the chancellor got it wrong big-time". 

He says No 10 and No 11 have been in "a briefing war" over the proposal to raise National Insurance, and it's "worrying" that ministers don't know their own manifesto. 

Challenged by Conservative Sir Oliver Letwin over how Labour would find the money for social care, he replies: "Fiscal rectitude!" 

Lib Dem: No mandate for grammar schools

Budget debate

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Lib Dem Sarah Olney says there's "no mandate" for grammar schools and "no evidence" they help social mobility.

"Choice is no good to parents of children at schools already facing funding cuts," she adds. 

Skidelsky: Austerity has slowed growth

Budget debate

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Everyone recognises that austerity has slowed down the growth of economy, says the crossbencher Lord Skidelsky.

"Except the front bench," he adds.

He suggests that if George Osborne had continued the policies of the Labour chancellor Alistair Darling "he would have left Mr Hammond with a nice surplus."

Care system 'only just managing'

Budget debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Helen Whately
BBC

Conservative Helen Whately says in her constituency "it feels like the care system is only just managing".

She welcomes the announcement of funding for social care in the Budget, and proposed changes to tax arrangements. 

"We will all get old and we all do need to contribute to pay for that," she tells MPs.

Lord Desai: Self-employment a form of tax-dodging

Budget debate

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Lord Desai
HoL

Labour's Lord Desai says that self-employment can often be used to "tax dodge", with companies telling well-paid employees to become self-employed to avoid tax. 

He says that we have to get over the idea that all self-employed are the "backbones of society" and that they should be totally removed from tax rises. 

Budget measure undermine conservative values

Budget debate

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Conservative former minister Baroness Altmann says that the government is introducing a "stealth death tax" through it's increase in the probate tax.

She also claims the National Insurance increase for the self-employed is self-defeating, as it will discourage individuals from starting their own businesses. 

She says these and other measures outlined in the Budget undermine core conservative principles of fairness and entrepreneurship.

MP calls whisky duty rise 'a money grab'

Budget debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Docherty-Hughes
BBC

The SNP's Martin Docherty-Hughes uses his speech to call excise duty rises outlined in the Budget "a money grab" which will damage the whisky industry. 

He attacks it as "ill-thought-out" and urges the chancellor to review the decision.

Lord Monks: 'hearts are ruling heads'

Budget debate

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Lord Monks
HoL

Labour's Lord Monks says that "hearts are ruling heads" in the current political climate.

He says the former president Bill Clinton's mantra 'it's the economy, stupid' was no longer being seen with reference to "hard Brexit" and the proposed second Scottish referendum. 

He says that we have "enough problems without self-inflicted ones", adding that failure to tackle zero-hour contracts and leaving the single markets are examples of this.  

'Astonishing' Conservatives didn't see National Insurance row coming

Budget debate

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Eagle
BBC

Labour's Maria Eagle says it's "astonishing" nobody involved in preparing the Budget saw that it went against commitments not to raise National Insurance.

It was the platform on which all Conservatives campaigned and yet "none of them noticed", she continues.

"I wouldn't have expected they'd all forget about it." 

Austerity 'is living within one's means'

Budget debate

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Conservative Graham Evans says opposition MPs like to use the term "austerity", but "I call it living within one's means". 

He goes on to say he's "a little disappointed" at duty rises affecting beer, saying it should be split into two tiers according to alcohol content. 

Chancellor criticised for lack of infrastructure plan

Budget debate

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Anna Turley
BBC

The Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, says there was "no mention of the North East in the Budget" and the chancellor failed to set out a plan on infrastructure and industry, which she believes would have helped the region. 

Is there more hate crime on social media?

Home Affairs Committee

Select Committee

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Social Media
BBC

Committee chair Yvette Cooper summarises by asking if there has been a rise in hate speech on social media.

Facebook's Simon Milner says that figures suggest there might be an increase in "polarisation" and more time is spent on the issue from a day to day basis than it used to be. 

"One thing we know about Twitter, is that it reflects what is going on in the real world", says Nick Pickles, citing Brexit, the refugee crisis and others as sources of tension. 

YouTube's Peter Barron says that social media organisations are putting more resources into getting people to report, so this might explain why there appears to be. 

Macpherson: Chancellor should stick to his guns on NI rise

Budget debate

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Lord Macpherson
HoL

Former Permanent Secretary at the Treasury Lord Macpherson tells peers that he has worked on 34 Budgets.

He says that if there is any pattern to Budgets it is that "those which attracted the greatest opprobrium on the day turned out to be the most sensible with hindsight".

He also says that his time at the Treasury taught him that there are certain "no-go areas" when it comes to tax: residential property tax, inheritance tax and the self-employed.

He recalls trying, unsuccessfully, to convince then Chancellor Lord Lawson to raise national insurance rates on the self employed.

He urges the chancellor to stick to his guns on his proposals to raise National Insurance .

Wage slowdown 'thanks to Brexit'

Budget debate

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Lord Hain
HoL

Labour's Lord Hain notes that the Office of Budget Responsibilty (OBR) has downgraded growth for the next four years.

He adds that "thanks to Brexit" pay will increase slower and prices will rise faster that previously thought.

"If this is the chancellor's idea of economic rigor, what is his idea of economic cirrhosis?" 

Facebook trying to eliminate fake news

Home Affairs Committee

Select Committee

Parliament

Facebook's Simon Milner says the income from fake news is "negligible", but says they are working to eliminate it entirely. 

He says they were doing everything "humanly and technically possible to get this stuff off our platform" and to eliminate it. 

Conservative MP attacks National Insurance increase

Budget debate

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Parliament

Richard Drax
BBC

Conservative Richard Drax says the amount raised by a National Insurance increase for the self-employed will be "relatively pitiful" and his party has broken a manifesto promise.

He also condemns inheritance tax, calling for it to be abolished. 

On the Labour benches an MP can be heard to say: "He inherited Dorset."

Economy debate begins

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Baroness Neville-Rolfe
HoL

Peers now begin a debate on the economy in the light of the Budget Statement. 

Business Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe opens the debate by noting that the UK is in a better position than many predicted.

However she sounds a note of caution adding that growth in consumer demand will slow as inflation rises.

It is right, she says, that the UK gets itself in position of readiness "to handle difficulties that come our way".