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Summary

  1. European Scrutiny Committee questions UK's ambassador to EU
  2. Justine Greening takes question in Commons
  3. Urgent question on George Osborne's job as editor of Evening Standard
  4. Prisons and Courts Bill debated
  5. Lords meet at 2.30pm for questions
  6. Digital Economy Bill in Lords this afternoon

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By Esther Webber and Claire Gould

All times stated are UK

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That's where we're leaving our online coverage for today. The Commons returns tomorrow at 11.30am for questions to health ministers, and the Lords will be back at 2.30pm tomorrow. 

BreakingGovernment defeated on age verification plans

Digital Economy Bill

House of Lords

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The government suffers a second defeat as peers vote 179 to 159 for a Labour amendment requiring assessment of porn age checks introduced by the bill 18 months after they come into force.

BreakingGovernment defeated over online child protection measures

Digital Economy Bill

House of Lords

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The government is defeated as peers vote 203 to 176 for a Labour amendment placing a duty of care to children on social media companies.

Peers vote on code of practice on social media

Digital Economy Bill

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Labour forces a vote on their amendment which would establish a code of practice for commercial social media platform providers on online abuse that must include a duty of care on ISPs and social media to ensure the safety of a child or young person.

Minister resists statutory code of practice on social media

Digital Economy Bill

House of Lords

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Ashton
BBC

Culture, Media and Sport Minister Lord Ashton says the UK is "leading the way on online safety" and it's a "firm priority" for the government. 

He says an overarching duty of care on social media companies to users would be a step "too far" and it's unclear how it would be measured or enforced. 

Online protection should not just be for children - Lib Dems

Digital Economy Bill

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Lib Dem Baroness Janke lends support to Labour's amendment, adding that the code of practice should extend beyond children.  

There are many people from minority groups who are subjected to "vile abuse", she says. 

Social media sites 'need to be reined in'

Digital Economy Bill

House of Lords

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Jones
BBC

Labour spokesperson Baroness Jones of Whitchurch introduces an amendment which would establish a code of practice for commercial social media platform providers on online abuse that must include a duty of care on ISPs and social media to ensure safety of a child or young person.

It would also bring in an obligation to inform police if notified that content on social media site contravenes existing legislation.

"The case to rein in social media sites is compelling," she says. 

Peers reject privacy safeguards for age verification

Digital Economy Bill

House of Lords

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Peers vote 199 to 74 to reject a Lib Dem amendment which would require the age verification regulator to publish a code of practice in order to ensure that the privacy of users is protected.     

Peers vote on privacy safeguards for age verification

Digital Economy Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Lib Dem Lord Pannick says he wants to test the opinion of the House on his amendment which would require the age verification regulator to publish a code of practice in order to ensure that the privacy of users is protected.   

Age verification regulator will be guided on privacy - minister

Digital Economy Bill

House of Lords

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Culture, Media and Sport Minister Lord Ashton of Hyde tells peers the government shares an "absolute desire for anonymity" in the process of verifying whether pornography users are over 18. 

But he says the amendment isn't needed as the government has already introduced powers for the secretary of state to issue guidance to the regulator on privacy, and giving them further responsibilities would "duplicate" the role of the Information Commissioner's Office. 

Lib Dems seek privacy safeguards on age verification

Digital Economy Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Lib Dem Lord Pannick introduces an amendment that would require the age verification regulator to publish a code of practice in order to ensure that the privacy of users is protected. 

Peers reject review of definition of pornography

Digital Economy Bill

House of Lords

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Peers have voted by 176 votes to 46 to reject amendment 25YD on reviewing the definition of extreme pornography.

Peers vote on reviewing definitions of pornography

Digital Economy Bill

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Peers are now voting on an amendment tabled by crossbench peer Baroness Butler-Sloss.

Amendment 25YD seeks to insert a new clause on the definition of extreme pornography and requires the secretary of state to review the definition of extreme pornography after three years.

Baroness Butler-Sloss says the existing law is a "mess" and needs proper review.

Peers reject Labour amendment

Digital Economy Bill

House of Lords

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Peers have voted to reject Labour's amendment on the role of the British Board of Film Classification by 209 votes to 155, a majority for the government of 54.

Bill has the right principles

Prisons and Courts Bill

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Bob Neill
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Chair of the Justice Committee, Bob Neill is now speaking on the Prisons and Courts Bill.

He says there need to be more "robust" alternatives to custody so that the numbers of people in prison can be reduced.

He says he believes the bill has "the right overarching principles".

Mr Neill welcomes the fact that the bill will ensure there is always a response from government to reports of prison inspectors.

Peers vote on role of the BBFC

Digital Economy Bill

House of Lords

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Baroness Jones
Parliament

Speaking in support of her amendment 25P, during report stage debate of the Digital Economy Bill, shadow spokesperson Baroness Jones says she doubts the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has the staff or resources to expand its role on age verification of content and enforcement.

She does not accept the government's reassurances and says there isn't sufficient oversight of the BBFC to carry out both verification and enforcement work.

Amendment 25P stipulates that the secretary of state cannot appoint the same persons to carry out both verification of age and enforcement actions.

Labour will support bill but looks for changes

Prisons and Courts Bill

House of Commons

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The shadow justice secretary says Labour endorses attempts to modernise and streamline the way the courts operate.

He cautions that legal bodies have warned against relying completely on online courts for certain offences, and that Labour will call for regular reviews of the operation of online justice.

Labour "laments" what the bill lacks, says Mr Burgon in closing, although Labour will not oppose the bill at second reading.

Labour claims prisons 'crisis' is due to cuts

Prisons and Courts Bill

House of Commons

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Richard Burgon
BBC

Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon welcomes the general thrust of the bill, but notes Labour will be seeking improvements. 

He says Liz Truss' time as justice secretary has been "dominated from day one by the crisis in our prisons", observing it's not her fault but has been driven by the "cuts agenda" and the "disastrous decision" to outsource probation services. 

Recorded rape testimony will alleviate victims 'trauma'

Prisons and Courts Bill

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Truss
BBC

Justice Secretary Liz Truss goes on to introduce plans to allow alleged rape victims to avoid cross-examination in front of the accused.

Victims of sexual assault will be able to pre-record their testimony from September.

"It will spare them from the trauma of giving evidence," she says. 

Brexit: Theresa May seeks 'best possible deal for whole UK'
The prime minister says she will seek the best possible deal when the Article 50 process for Brexit is triggered next Wednesday.

Justice secretary: Prison violence is too high

Prisons and Courts Bill

House of Commons

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Prison
PA

Justice Secretary Liz Truss opens for the government on second reading of the Prisons and Courts Bill, a chance to debate the legislation's general principles. 

The bill aims to reform the prison system, strengthening safety and security, improving efficiency and services for users in courts and tribunals, and reforming the claims process for minor whiplash injuries resulting from road traffic accidents. It also provides for greater use of mobile phone blocking technology in prisons.  

She admits "levels of violence in our prisons are too high" and she wants them to be "places of safety and reform". 

BreakingSpeaker denies 'rape clause' emergency debate

Emergency debate application

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The speaker denies Alison Thewliss' application for an emergency debate on changes to child tax credits, saying it will be debated elsewhere. 

Emergency debate on child tax credits and 'rape clause' sought

Emergency debate application

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Thewliss
BBC

The SNP's Alison Thewliss is arguing for an emergency debate on changes to child tax credits. 

The UK government has changed the system to limit payments to the first two children in a family.

Ms Thewliss says means women who have a third child as a result of rape would have to produce evidence of exceptional circumstances, or face losing some payments.

The UK government said guidance would be issued on supporting rape victims.

She says she's exhausted every other avenue for opposing this "deeply flawed policy". 

Labour MP: Osborne not qualified to be editor

Business appointments question

House of Commons

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Streeting
BBC

Labour's Wes Streeting says there's an "air of complete unreality" about those who are defending Mr Osborne's decision to take up another job. 

He further claims it could worsen the reputation of the media in an era of "fake news" because "he has no qualifications" as an editor. 

The minister agrees "there's a challenge for all of us" in raising the reputation of the House. 

Gove defends colleague

Political editor, Daily Mirror, tweets

SNP accuse Osborne of not taking job row seriously

Business appointments question

House of Commons

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The SNP's Roger Mullin says on International Happiness Day there are "some people who are pretty happy".

He accuses the minister and Mr Osborne of "making a joke" of a "reasonable, sensible question". 

Mr Gummer points out there is a "tradition in this House of contributing to newspapers" and urges him to await the committee's review. 

Time for a job description?

Conservative MP tweets

Osborne's intervention criticised

Conservative candidate tweets

Osborne pledges to 'listen to colleagues'

Business appointments question

House of Commons

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Osborne
BBC

Mr Osborne rises to speak, joking that his intervention "won't make the Standard deadline".

He defends his decision, arguing it's important for the Commons to include people with "different experiences", but says he will "listen to what colleagues say".

Osborne's job referred to Advisory Committee on Business Appointments

Business appointments question

House of Commons

Parliament

Cabinet Office Minister Ben Gummer responds that Mr Osborne's job has been referred to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments and we must await their review. 

He acknowledges that the issue of second jobs is of concern to voters which Parliament must "grapple with in the years to come". 

Osborne's appointment of 'great concern'

Business appointments question

House of Commons

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Osborne
BBC

As George Osborne looks on, shadow minister Andrew Gwynne says his appointment to the Evening Standard is of "great concern" and does a "disservice" to MPs who work full-time for their constituents. 

What are the rules?

BBC tweets

George Osborne's new job challenged

Business appointments question

House of Commons

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Osborne
Getty Images

We now move on to an urgent question from Labour's Andrew Gwynne, on the role of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments and the ministerial code in light of the appointment of George Osborne as editor of the Evening Standard.

Mr Osborne was announced as the new editor on Friday, saying he wanted to "give a voice to all Londoners".

Several opposition MPs have questioned the move and a petition calling for his resignation as an MP has been launched.

Education secretary: We are open to international students

Education questions

House of Commons

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Asked about including international students in immigration numbers - over which the government was recently defeated in the Lords, Justine Greening says "it's important we remain open to international students" in order to maintain "world-class universities". 

What's next?

Parliament tweets

Minister shrugs off Brexit legislative 'burden' claim

Oral questions

House of Lords

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Lord Bridges
BBC

Labour spokesperson Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town asks how Parliament will cope with amount of legislation spawned by Brexit after a report by the Institute for Government warned of the "burden" it could represent.   

Brexit Minister Lord Bridges of Headley says he won't go into detail now, assuring the House: "Good things come to those who wait."

He also acknowledges the need for effective scrutiny of the bills and regulations which will come forward as the UK leaves the EU.

Labour's Lord Foulkes then asks if there'll be time for any other legislation apart from Brexit.

The minister points to other policies in the Conservative manifesto, saying: "That's what happens when you're elected, you're elected on a manifesto and you see it through."

This prompts some laughter on opposition benches. 

'Sensible' deal in UK and EU interests, but contingency plans in place

European Scrutiny Committee

Select Committee

Parliament

Sir Bill closes with a final question to the Brexit minister on contingency plans "if there is no deal at all".

David Jones says "it's quite possible" that the negotiations can't be concluded, or that there will be a negotiated settlement "on other terms".

He says his department is engaging with "over 50 sectors" on their requirements so that contingency plans can be put in place, but that it is "manifestly in the interests, not just of the UK, but of the wider European Union" for there to be a sensible conclusion to negotiations.

Great Repeal Bill won't cover all aspects of Brexit policy

European Scrutiny Committee

Select Committee

Parliament

Sir Bill Cash
Parliament

Sir Bill Cash moves on to ask the minister about the content of the Great Repeal Bill, and the timetable for other legislation that is dependent on it.

David Jones says the Great Repeal Bill is intended to repeal the European Communities Act 1972.

The Great Repeal Bill will not provide legislation on policy matters, that will have to be done with secondary legislation, he says.

Sir Bill presses for clarity on the sequence of events and how "congestion" will be avoided.

Mr Jones says there will be greater clarity in the forthcoming white paper, but that he expects the Great Repeal Bill to be passed, and for other primary and secondary legislation to follow rapidly.