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Summary

  1. Environment questions at 9.30am
  2. Urgent question on contaminated blood
  3. Statement on Fox-Sky merger
  4. Business statement, laying out what's happening after recess
  5. Grenfell Tower statement
  6. Summer recess debate
  7. Peers ask government ministers questions; including a question on BBC pay
  8. Debates on island communities, Euratom and the Royal Brompton Hospital

Live Reporting

By Patrick Cowling and Richard Morris

All times stated are UK

Goodbye

And that's it for today. The Commons has adjourned - and MPs and peers now head off for summer recess.

We bid you goodbye and hope you join us again from Tuesday 5 September, when Parliament returns.

In the meantime, thank you for joining us.

Outlining reforms

Adjournment debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Philip Dunne
HoC

Health Minister Philip Dunne is responding to Richard Drax.

He says he is pleased that Mr Drax has recognised the excellent care the NHS provides.

He references the Commonwealth Fund Survey which shows that the NHS is the best healthcare provider in the world.

The minister says there will be an increase of £8bn in real terms for NHS funding by 2020-21.

He says the proportion of the pay bill in the NHS towards managers has declined since 2010 from 6.5% to 5.8%, he says this money is now being spent on patient-facing services.

House adjourns

House of Lords

Parliament

The debate comes to an end and the House of Lords adjourns.

Peers are now off for the summer, and will return on Tuesday 5 September.

We wish their lordships a relaxing summer recess...

Tory MP raises NHS concerns

Adjournment debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Richard Drax
HoC

After some brief petitions given by Peter Bone, Tom Pursglove and Fiona Bruce, the House moves onto the adjournment debate.

Conservative Richard Drax has tabled this debate on the future of the NHS.

He opens by thanking all those who work for the NHS.

He is keen to point out that this is not a criticism of the government's policy on the NHS, just "observations" he has made "from the front line".

He comments, with concern, on the growing deficits around the country in NHS Trusts.

He speaks with concern on mental health services in the NHS, and the internal market system introduced by John Major.

"Clearly, the current situation is unsustainable in the long-term," he says.

No final decision has been made - minister

Royal Brompton

House of Lords

Parliament

Baroness Chisholm
HoL

Health Minister Baroness Chisholm responds to the debate and tells peers that no final decisions have yet been made and that "we need to see what the review says".

She tells peers that the current review by NHS England is looking at how to take the good service across the country and turn it into "a truly great service" for the future.

This is not about closing the Royal Brompton or stopping it as a provider of congenital heart disease services, she says.

Closure 'a tragedy' say peers

Royal Brompton hospital debate

House of Lords

Parliament

The chamber is united this afternoon in its condemnation of the proposed closure of the congenital heart disease services at the Royal Brompton.

Peers from across the House have variously described the proposals as "a very serious loss", "utterly astonishing", "shocking", "insulting", "highly risky" and "a tragedy".

Shadow health spokesperson Lord Hunt of Kings Heath joins the discontented voices, and tells the minister that the public are owed a decision by government, but he says he expects that instead of this there will be another review to delay having to make a decision.

'Powerful' speeches

Summer recess debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Michael Ellis
HoC

Michael Ellis, Deputy Leader of the House, is speaking of the many "powerful" speeches given during the afternoon's debate.

He addresses each speech individually and chronologically, responding to concerns raised by MPs who have spoken.

He takes the opportunity to thank parliamentary and constituency staff, as well as civil service staff.

The Deputy Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, echoes his remarks on the summer recess.

'Not be yaa-boo, but can do'

Summer recess debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Karin Smyth
HoC

Karin Smyth, shadow deputy leader of the House, is outlining how Brexit and the legislation that follows will be the "most significant change to legislation our country has seen in the past 40 years".

She says MPs' duty in the Commons "should not be yaa-boo, but can do".

She wishes everyone in the Commons, including the staff, a well-earned rest.

New Lib Dem leader lays out challenges

BBC tweets

Looking forward to his honeymoon...

Summer recess debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Kevin Foster
HoC

Conservative Kevin Foster hails the government on its decision to move ahead with the school funding formula plans. He says that schools in his constituency are welcoming the news of guaranteed funding per student.

Opening his speech, Mr Foster jokingly said that the speechwriter for the DUP's Jim Shannon must be looking forward to recess. Noticing that he isn't in the Chamber, Mr Foster says "he's probably busy writing his intervention for the adjournment debate".

The MP is widely-known in Westminster for his assiduous contributions to debates.

Mr Foster finishes by saying he is particularly looking forward to the summer recess as plans for his honeymoon were put on hold following his marriage on the 10 June, immediately after the general election.

Referring to his wife, Mr Foster says "she is certainly looking forward to a few days, because as she pointed out, a trip up here this week to cover my office for a couple of days didn't quite count as the trip away she was looking forward to".

The Deputy Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, wishes him a happy honeymoon.

What is happening at the Royal Brompton?

Royal Brompton hospital debate

Royal Brompton
HoL

The Royal Brompton Hospital is the largest specialist heart and lung centre in the UK, located in Chelsea, in west London.

NHS England has announced plans to decommission congenital heart disease services at the Royal Brompton. NHS England is seeking to implement new national standards to centralise services across the country.

In March, over a thousand people took part in a protest against the proposed closures.

Labour peer Baroness Boothroyd is a heart patient at the Royal Brompton Hospital.

In March, Baroness Boothryod said: "I have been a patient at the Royal years and have had the most superb care."

NHS England's public consultation ended on 17 July and a decision is due to be made shortly.

Dangerous driving discussed

Summer recess debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Liz McInnes
HoC

Labour's Liz McInnes raises the issue of dangerous driver sentencing.

This follows the death of one of her constituents who died after being struck by an uninsured, unlicensed driver in a hire car, she says.

The perpetrator received a six year prison sentence in this case, she says he will probably serve only around three years of that.

She says the government opened a consultation at the end of the last year, which closed in February. The general election has delayed the progress of this consultation, she adds.

She calls on the justice secretary to get on with the progress of this consultation.

Sir Vince becomes new Lib Dem leader

BBC political correspondent tweets

Baroness Boothroyd leads last debate of the day

Royal Brompton hospital debate

House of Lords

Parliament

Baroness Boothroyd
HoL

The first female Speaker of the House of Commons, and now crossbench peer, Baroness Boothroyd is leading the last debate of the day.

The motion for debate is asking the government what clinical evidence it has that the proposed closure of the congenital heart disease services at the Royal Brompton Hospital will lead to improved patient outcomes.

Baroness Boothroyd accuses the national board of the hospital of being "high handed, devious, and secretive" in its dealings with the hospital.

She says that if the congenital heart disease services at the hospital close, the NHS and the country will be poorer.

"It will be a disaster if it succumbs to the diktat of bureaucracy."

Government 'absolutely committed' to independent inquiry on blood scandal

Contaminated blood inquiry

House of Lords

Parliament

Health Minister Baroness Chisholm repeats the answer given to an urgent question earlier in the House of Commons on the recently announced contaminated blood inquiry.

Labour health spokesperson Baroness Wheeler asks for assurances that, given the nature of the scandal, the Department of Health will have no role in how the inquiry is established or conducted.

Baroness Chisholm says it is normal for the relevant department to sponsor an inquiry - but assures peers that the government is "absolutely committed" to an independent inquiry.

DUP stalwart speaks in summer recess debate

Parliamentary reporters tweet

Leaving the EU means leaving Euratom - minister

Euratom debate

House of Lords

Parliament

Lord Prior of Brampton
HoL

Lord Prior of Brampton responds to the debate for the government.

He says it is clear that there must be continuity and no break in the UK's safeguard regime of nuclear waste. The government wishes to maintain current safeguard standards, he says - and can do so outside Euratom.

"We are strong supporters of Euratom and this isn't going to change," he says.

Lord Prior says the decision to leave the organisation was taken at the time of the triggering of Article 50 because the EU and Euratom are "uniquely legally joined" and that therefore "leaving one means leaving the other".

Labour say government 'blinded' by hatred of ECJ

Euratom debate

House of Lords

Parliament

Baroness Hayter
HoL

How many more representations will it take before the government realise they have a made big mistake on Euratom, Baroness Hayter asks.

"It would be a shame if Britain unnecessarily damages itself and one of Britain's enduring and quietly successful entities," she says, and accuses the government of allowing what she calls its "inexplicable hatred" of the European Court of Justice to colour "every aspect of our withdrawal from the EU".

This is putting lives, energy and the UK's safety at risk, she says, and all "just so we can escape a court".

The government must not allow "some hang up" about the ECJ to blind a sensible way ahead, Labour's Brexit spokesperson warns.

Does it matter if the UK leaves Euratom?

On 29 March Theresa May sent a six-page letter notifying the EU of the UK's intention to leave.

The Article 50 letter contained a clause little discussed at the time - notifying the EU of the UK's withdrawal from the European Atomic Energy Community, also known as Euratom.

But this previously obscure section has now been put under the political spotlight, with some MPs, including a number of Conservatives, gearing up for a fight on the subject.

One prominent Leave campaigner has even said the UK should stay in Euratom after Brexit.

The BBC's Joey D'Urso reports on the issue.

What is Euratom?

House of Lords

Parliament

According to the European Commission:

Euratom aims to pursue nuclear research and training activities with an emphasis on continually improving nuclear safety, security and radiation protection, notably to contribute to the long-term decarbonisation of the energy system in a safe, efficient and secure way. By contributing to these objectives, the Euratom Programme will reinforce outcomes under the three priorities of Horizon 2020: Excellent science, Industrial leadership and Societal challenges"

Read more here.

Peers debate nuclear organisation Euratom after Brexit

House of Lords

Parliament

The House of Lords is holding a debate on Euratom.

The debate is designed to discuss ensuring the continued uninterrupted cross-border supply of nuclear materials, including for medical use, post-Brexit.

MP raises Parliamentary staff and redundancy

Summer recess debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Stewart Hosie
HoC

The SNP's Stewart Hosie is raising the problem of parliamentary staff who have moved to London, under the assumption of the last Parliament lasting five years, who have now lost their jobs since last month's general election.

He says the Fixed Term Parliaments Act should have provided more certainty for people in public service.

He says that he is not arguing for a return to the old resettlement allowance regime, but thinks that there must be changes made.

He finishes by saying there should be a system allowing for redundancy pay depending on amount of time in office, in cases of people serving less than two years due to a short Parliament.

Reading East MP calls for new housing in maiden speech

Summer recess debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Matt Rodda
HoC

Matt Rodda, newly-elected Labour MP for Reading East, pays tribute to his predecessor, Rob Wilson, and thanks him for his public service.

He talks about the historic three Bs of Reading, brewing, biscuit making and bulbs (horticulture).

Mr Rodda says his constituency "voted overwhelmingly to Remain", and says his constituency is opposed to a hard Brexit.

He adds that his local residents are concerned about public services, schools, the NHS and the dementia tax.

He says his constituency has a desperate need for new housing.

"I am honoured to represent my community," he finishes.

Grenfell fire update statement repeat

Grenfell fire update

House of Lords

Parliament

Lord Kennedy of Southwark
HoL

Communities and Local Government Minister Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth is repeating a statement made earlier in the House of Commons giving an update on the Grenfell Tower fire and fire safety.

Opposition spokesperson Lord Kennedy of Southwark welcomes the moves by the new leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council to improve trust between residents and the authority.

But he says he is alarmed to learn that 27 samples have not been taken from Housing Association homes across the country and asks what action is being taken to get these samples.

"After a month this is totally unacceptable," he says.

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Shipley says there has been a "catastrophic failure" in building control.

Tory MP raises human rights

Summer recess debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Bob Blackman
HoC

Conservative Bob Blackman has used his contribution to the debate to raise the subject of human rights in Azerbaijan.

He also discusses "justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka", and the "genocide which took place in Iran of political prisoners in 1988".

"We need to be rolling out our message that human rights are vital," he adds.

Recess ideas from MPs Pound, Millar, Watson, Hain and Mak
Daily Politics reporter Emma Vardy asked a few politicians what they would getting up to over summer.

Isles of Scilly ferry 'has always been run commercially' - Minister

Trasport for island communities debate

House of Lords

Parliament

Lord Callanan
HoL

Transport Minister Lord Callanan says that as an island nation the moving of goods and people by air and sea is "vital" to the economic well-being of the country.

Speaking of the Isles of Scilly, he says that ferry services to the islands have always been provided commercially - under both Conservative and Labour governments.

He says that a new vessel being brought in to serve the Isles of Scilly seems capable of meeting demand.

The minister tells peers that the government does not see the case for an ongoing subsidy for ferry services but remains committed that services to remote islands continue.

The provision of ferry services is a free market, he reminds peers, and says other operators are free to enter the market if they wish.

Yemen conflict raised

Summer recess debate

House of Commons

Parliament

Keith Vaz
HoC

Labour's Keith Vaz is using his speech before the summer recess to highlight the issues still facing Yemen.

Mr Vaz, who was himself born in Yemen, is raising concerns expressed by the UN, Medecins Sans Frontieres and Yemen Safe Passage Group for people who have been caught up in the conflict in the country.

He also raises the issues of immigration and visa processing problems currently facing the Home Office.

Peers compare English island ferries with those in Scotland

Transport for island communities debate

House of Lords

Parliament

Lord Rosser
HoL

Several peers have specifically raised the example of the Isles of Scilly, describing how a relatively simple task for a mainlander like visiting the hospital or the courts is similar to a "great expedition" for an islander.

Opposition spokesperson Lord Rosser highlights a point made by several peers during the debate, which is a comparison with similar air and ferry services to islands in Scotland.

He says the ferries in Scotland are cheaper, more frequent, and run all through the year - unlike comparable ferries in England.

The market has "failed to deliver" a good service to the Isles of Scilly, he says.

Summer recess edges closer

Summer recess debate

House of Commons

Parliament

House of Commons
HoC

MPs are taking part in their penultimate business before the summer recess.

As is customary, it's a general debate, and is on anything MPs feel is important to be raised before the summer recess.

This is usually an opportunity for MPs to talk about issues they are concerned about and to wish everyone a nice summer.

New appointment

Parliamentary reporters tweet

Points of order on rail announcements

House of Commons

Parliament

Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald and Clive Betts - both Labour MPs - raise points of order about written statements from the Department of Transport, which refer to notice about the cancelling of the electrification of the Midlands Mainline and the Cardiff-Swansea line.

Eleanor Laind, the Deputy Speaker, responds, saying that MPs know how to pursue the matter but "I can do nothing further from the chair".

How has the department worked with charities?

Grenfell Tower fire safety statement

House of Commons

Parliament

Conservative Eddie Hughes wants to know what work Sajid Javid's department has been doing with the charities.

Mr Javid says that across government the department has been working with the Charity Commission and with the DWP so that any contributions from charities are disregarded for the purposes of benefits.

Questions over white goods checks

House of Commons

Parliament

Tom Brake, Lib Dem MP, asks whether Sajid Javid will introduce mandatory electrical safety checks in rented properties, given that it was a faulty fridge-freezer which caused the initial fire.

Mr Javid says he'll pass the concerns on to the Business Secretary Greg Clark, who has been examining this issue.

Leadsom calls Jane Austen 'one of our greatest living authors'
Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom provokes laughter with a slip-up.

Following victims of Grenfell disaster

BBC tweets

Query about affordability of essential work

House of Commons

Parliament

Clive Betts, the chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee, says that the secretary of state must accept that work on tower blocks means essential work on other social housing will not happen.

It is clear that it is the legal responsibility of local authorities to make sure their housing is safe, Sajid Javid says, and no authority has yet come forward to ask for more money.

Questions over local authority and charity donations raised

Grenfell Tower fire safety statement

House of Commons

Parliament

Joanna Cherry
HoC

The SNP's home affairs spokesperson Joanna Cherry says the Scottish government is looking at the safety of Scotland's high rise towers.

She says many concerns have been raised about the lack of infrastructure and planning in coping with the disaster.

"Was this the failing of one out of touch Tory council?" she asks - or is it endemic to other authorities.

She also asks about the money and resources donated to the victims by the public - saying a BBC report claims donations did not receive the victims.

Sajid Javid replies that with a tragedy on this scale, any local authority would be overwhelmed. "Despite this, there were things any reasonable person would have expected," he says - and there are lessons for authorities across London and the UK.

When it comes to charity funding, the Charities Commission has been working with the charities to see the maximum benefit from the donations made.

"Any donations that have been made go through that co-ordinated resonse," he says.