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Summary

  1. Peers questioning government ministers
  2. Consideration of Commons amendments to two bills
  3. Third reading of bills relating to technical and higher education
  4. Debate on Labour Brexit motions

Live Reporting

By Esther Webber and Gary Connor

All times stated are UK

Peers pass two Brexit motions

Brexit debate

House of Lords

Parliament

Brexit Minister Lord Bridges of Headley questions whether the motions are necessary given the "clear willingness and commitment to keep this House updated" and ministers' resolve to "make a success" of negotiations. 

He points out the government has already said both Houses will get a vote on the final Brexit deal. 

But peers agree both motions without a vote. 

Government urged not to 'swerve' Brexit scrutiny

Brexit debate

House of Lords

Parliament

Smith
HoL

Labour's Lords leader Baroness Smith of Basildon takes issue with the Lib Dems' comments, asking if they had forced Brexit amendments, "a few people would've missed their trains but what would it have achieved?"

She says the joint committee proposed by Labour could allow Parliament to use its skills and experience on cross-party basis to advise on Article 50 negotiations.

She urges the government not to "swerve" the issue.   

Lib Dems support guarantees for EEA nationals and new committee

Brexit debate

House of Lords

Parliament

Ludford
HoL

Lib Dem Europe spokesperson Baroness Ludford outlines her party's support for the motions before the House. 

She takes the opportunity to rebuke Labour for not backing their effort to write these guarantees into law as part of the Article 50 bill.   

The first motion requires a minister to report by the end of this session on the progress made towards guaranteeing EEA nationals' rights. 

The second motion proposes the establishment of a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons to consider options for any votes in Parliament on the outcome of the negotiations on Brexit. 

Third Conservative backs Labour motions

Brexit debate

House of Lords

Parliament

A third Conservative, Baroness Wheatcroft, backs Labour's motions on Brexit. 

No peer has spoken against the motions, making for a rather one-sided debate.  

'Do not refight same Brexit battles'

Brexit debate

House of Lords

Parliament

Conservative Lord Cormack tells peers they should not "fight and refight the same battles" on Brexit. 

"We are where we are," he continues, and the UK must "guarantee the rights of EU nationals" in the hope of reciprocation, he adds. 

Peer says EEA nationals 'living in anxiety'

Brexit debate

House of Lords

Parliament

Oates
HoL

Labour also receives support from the Lib Dems, with Lord Oates predicting "a joint committee could play a very useful role" in examining Parliament's role in the final Brexit deal. 

He says it is necessary to give reassurance to EEA nationals and their families, as "millions are living in anxiety". 

Conservative peer backs Labour motions

Brexit debate

House of Lords

Parliament

Conservative Viscount Hailsham, one of the Brexit bill rebels, backs both Labour motions. 

He says the EU referendum was a licence for "the prime minister to negotiate the best possible terms for exit" and if there is a "serious shift" in public opinion there must be a second referendum. 

Labour calls for ministers to report on EEA nationals' rights

Brexit debate

House of Lords

Parliament

Hayter
HoL

Labour's Brexit spokesperson in the Lords, Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town, is opening a debate on two motions relating to defeats suffered by the government during the passage of the Article 50 bill.

The first motion requires a minister to report by the end of this session on the progress made towards guaranteeing EEA nationals' rights. 

"We've already seen there are not going to be any secrets," she says, citing Donald Tusk's letter, "so our motion will not expose secrets."

The second motion proposes the establishment of a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons to consider options for any votes in Parliament on the outcome of the negotiations on Brexit. 

Peers approve Higher Education and Research Bill

Higher Education and Research Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Debate on the Higher Education and Research Bill concludes with government spokesman Viscount Younger giving more details on when law enforcement agencies will be allowed access to universities. 

He says these powers will be "appropriately limited", after peers sought extra safeguards.

Age data should be published, minister says

Higher Education and Research Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Government spokesman Viscount Younger of Leckie assures peers that "we fully anticipate age will be part of data published by the Office for Students", following concerns raised by Lord Wallace. 

Lord Wallace then withdraws his amendment without a vote. 

Bid for age transparency

Higher Education and Research Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Lib Dem Lord Wallace of Tankerness introduces an amendment which would require transparency data provided to the Office for Students to include a student's age.

"I think this is a small amendment," he tells peers.

"I'm not holding my breath for the government to respond to this positively."

Peers debate higher education

Higher Education and Research Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Peers now move on to the third reading of the Higher Education and Research Bill.

The bill makes it easier to create new higher education institutions and a new technical excellence framework. 

The bill has already cleared all stages in the Commons. 

Students
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Peers debate technical education measures

Technical and Education Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Peers now move on to debating the Technical and Education Bill.

The bill, which has already cleared all stages in the Commons, aims to simplify the technical education sector and extends the remit of the Institute of Apprenticeships.

If the bill clears this third reading stage unamended, it will be sent for Royal Assent and become law. 

Female engineers
PA

Religious views should be respected - government minister

Children and Social Work Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Education Minister Lord Nash winds up for the government on this group of amendments.

"We believe that it is right that the religious views of parents and children should be respected," he tells peers.

However, Lord Nash says that it would be "unacceptable" if teachers allowed their religious views to influence what is taught to pupils.

Labour credits Justine Greening for sex education move

Children and Social Work Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Shadow education spokesman Lord Watson of Invergowrie welcomes the move towards compulsory sex and relationship education. 

He says it comes after cross-party pressure and that Justine Greening's arrival as education secretary also "played a part". 

He takes issue with Lord McColl's argument, suggesting parents can play a "complementary" role in concert with teachers.

State seeking to 'replace parents' on sex education

Children and Social Work Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

McColl
HoL

Conservative Lord McColl of Dulwich says the move towards compulsory sex and relationship education was introduced "late" and the policy is "troubling".

He says he's "not convinced the two subjects can be separated in the way the government suggests" and warns the state is trying to "replace the role of the parent". 

Bishop welcomes compulsory sex and relationship education

Children and Social Work Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Bp Peterborough
HoL

The Bishop of Peterborough welcomes the move towards compulsory sex and relationship education, but stresses the importance of involving parents in children's education at every stage. 

Sex education plans praised as 'brave'

Children and Social Work Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Labour's Baroness Massey of Darwen pays tribute to the government's "bravery" in legislating for compulsory sex and relationship education. 

She asks for assurance that it will comply with equalities legislation by incorporating lessons on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender relationships. 

Lack of sex education in primary school challenged

Children and Social Work Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Storey
HoL

Lib Dem spokesman Lord Storey hails the move towards compulsory sex and relationships education as "very important". 

But he stresses that once a programme of study is agreed it should be "expected of all schools irrespective of faith backgrounds". 

He also expresses regret that relationships education will be compulsory in primary schools but not sex education. 

Peers asked to approve compulsory sex education

Children and Social Work Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Classroom
PA

Education Minister Lord Nash assures peers that measures to allow children to enter secure accommodation in Scotland is a "technical fix" and will allow "better central oversight". 

He then introduces an amendment from MPs which would require all schools in England to provide relationships education to pupils of compulsory school age receiving primary education and relationships and sex education to pupils receiving secondary education. 

The duty would apply in relation to Academy schools and independent schools as well as maintained schools.

Peers concerned about cared-for children moving long distances

Children and Social Work Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Hunt
HoL

Crossbenchers Lord Warner and the Earl of Listowel say that the bill may result in children moving long distances for secure accommodation, care homes or foster families, describing it as "a matter of concern". 

Labour spokesman Lord Hunt of Kings Heath echoes these worries. 

He warns measures to enable children to be transferred to Scotland from England and Wales could be used "inappropriately to transfer people across the border because there aren't sufficient places". 

Peers consider measures to boost adoptees' education

Children and Social Work Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Nash
HoL

Peers are dealing with Commons amendments to the  Children and Social Work Bill .

MPs amended the bill in a number of ways, including extending the duty on a local authority to provide information and advice (to any person who has parental responsibility, the designated member of staff at the child’s school and anyone else the local authority considers appropriate) for the purposes of promoting the educational achievement of children who were adopted from state care outside England and Wales.

Read more about the amendments.

Peers complete scrutiny of National Citizen Service Bill

National Citizen Service Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Government spokesman Lord Ashton responds that both Houses have agreed the bill and disputes that this has been Baroness Barker's only chance to raise objections.

Peers agree Commons amendments and the bill will go for Royal Assent. 

Lib Dems question National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Barker
HoL

Lib Dem spokesperson Baroness Barker asks why NCS has been given "political support" when its records "don't meet public sector transparency tests". 

She claims the programme has been "insulated from the rest of the voluntary sector" when its services are more expensive than those of comparable charities. 

She highlights criticisms made by the Public Accounts Committee, and says the bill's implementation should be delayed pending review. 

Peers asked to approve minor changes to the National Citizen Service Bill

National Citizen Service Bill

House of Lords

Parliament

Peers are dealing with Commons amendments to the  National Citizen Service Bill .

The bill will create a statutory framework for the National Citizen Service, with the aim of ensuring proper oversight of the management of public funding for the service. 

MPs amended the bill to ensure other enactments would have the same extent as the provision being amended, and to provide that part of the bill would not come into force until a day appointed by the secretary of state by regulations. 

Patient transport waiting times criticised

Oral questions

House of Lords

Parliament

O'Shaughnessy
HoL

Non-affiliated peer Lord Harries of Pentregarth tells peers his wife waited three-and-a-half hours for transport to hospital on one occasion and others have waited as long as six hours.

He asks if the government will monitor and sanctions the agencies providing patient transport.  

Health Minister Lord O'Shaughnessy replies there are "clear guidelines" for commissioning groups but this "does not sound acceptable". 

Mumbling 'can be atmospheric'

Oral questions

House of Lords

Parliament

Downton
ITV

Conservative and Downton Abbey writer Lord Fellowes says mumbling in TV drama is not a new thing but has been a problem since the 1950s and we must hope the fashion passes. 

Culture Minister Lord Ashton observes: "One person's mumbling is another person's atmosphere."  

Viewers 'driven to subtitles' by inaudible dialogue

Oral questions

House of Lords

Parliament

Jamaica Inn
BBC
Jamaica Inn was one of the series which drew complaints

Conservative Lord Naseby is asking the government if it will consult television broadcasters, particularly the BBC, to ensure that the viewing public can clearly hear the dialogue, particularly in dramas. 

Viewers complained of actors mumbling in recent BBC drama SS-GB , as well as Jamaica Inn and Peaky Blinders.

Lord Naseby says it has "driven the ordinary viewer to subtitles". 

Culture Minister Lord Ashton of Hyde agrees some action has been "hard to hear" but it is the policy of the government not to interfere in BBC operational matters. 

Tuesday in the Lords

Coming up...

House of Lords

Parliament

Parliament
PA

Good afternoon. Peers start the day at 2.30pm with questions on: 

  • dialogue in TV dramas
  • increasing spending on healthcare in line with the G7 average
  • reducing waiting times for patients using hospital patient transport
  • the size and role of the Royal Marines. 

Then peers will consider MPs' amendments to the National Citizen Service Bill and the Children and Social Work Bill before completing third reading of the Technical and Further Education Bill and the Higher Education and Research Bill.

After that, peers will debate two motions tabled by Labour - one on protecting EEA nationals' rights after Brexit and one on appointing a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons to consider and report on the terms and options for any votes in Parliament on the outcome of Brexit negotiations.