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Summary

  1. MPs return to the Commons after a short recess last week. The day began with questions to the Home Office team.
  2. MPs heard an urgent question from Conservative MP John Baron on Army reservists.
  3. PM David Cameron then delivered a statement updating the House on the G20 summit, before Environment Secretary Liz Truss made a statement on the outbreak of bird flu in Yorkshire.
  4. The Childcare Payments Bill passed its final stage in the House of Commons, and will now move to the House of Lords.
  5. The adjournment debate was on mental health services and the death of Christina Edkins.
  6. The House of Lords began its business at 14.30 GMT with oral questions to the government.
  7. Peers also heard a repeat of the prime minister's statement on the G20 summit Australia.
  8. The main business of the day was a second reading debate on the Modern Slavery Bill, which cleared second reading
  9. Peers approved the government's proposed opt-in to 35 EU policing and justice measures, but the government's handling of the matter was criticised.

Live Reporting

By Pippa Simm and Sam Francis

All times stated are UK

  1. Commons recap

    After a busy day in the House of Commons, here's a round up of today's events.

    Prime Minister David Cameron made a statement updating MPs on developments at the weekend's G20 summit.

    During the debate:

    • Mr Cameron said the government will stick to its economic strategy amid growing threats to the recovery from global instability
    • he said the UK would not be "cowed" by terrorists, confirming that proposed new counter-terrorism laws authorising the police to confiscate the passports of UK citizens who have been fighting in Syria and Iraq would be published before the end of the year
    • Mr Cameron urged MPs to combat the "myths" about the transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) on the NHS
    • Ed Miliband accused David Cameron of getting his "excuses in early" by announcing that there were "red warning lights" and blaming global factors for the failure of the government's economic strategy
    • Mr Miliband suggested that the government's deficit-reduction programme is falling further behind schedule.
    David Cameron
    Image caption: Prime Minister David Cameron

    Environment Secretary Liz Truss made a statement on Bird Flu, after the disease was detected in the UK for the first time in six years. She told MPs:

    • the presence of "highly pathogenic" H5 avian flu has been detected but experts are unsure exactly what strand of the virus has caused the outbreak; the H5N1 form, deadly to humans, has been ruled out, however
    • the risk to public health is "extremely low" and does not pose a food safety risk
    • only ducks have been affected so far, and no cases have been found in chickens or turkeys, leaving birds traditionally eaten for Christmas dinner unaffected ahead of the festive period
    • there will be "robust" compensation paid out to farmers adversely affected by the outbreak.
    Environment Secretary Liz Truss
    Image caption: Environment Secretary Liz Truss

    In a packed day in the House of Commons MPs also:

    • passed the Childcare Payments Bill through its final stage in the House of Commons, meaning it will now move to the House of Lords
    • heard an urgent question by Conservative MP John Baron on the government's recruitment of army reservists, which he labelled a "shambles" after the Ministry of Defence published figures which showed the number of reservists rose by 400 (1.8%) over the past year to 22,450
    • put questions to Home Secretary Theresa May and her ministerial team
    • took part in a short debate, led by Conservative MP James Morris, on mental health services and the homicide investigation report on the death of Christina Edkins.
  2. Goodbye for now

    After an extended session in the House of Lords, today's business comes to a close.

    Peers will be back at the usual time of 14.30 GMT on Tuesday, when the main business of the day will be committee-stage examination of the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill.

    However, our live coverage of tomorrow in Parliament will begin from 11.30 GMT, which is when the House of Commons meets for the day.

    We hope to see you then.

  3. Government response

    Justice Minister Lord Faulks is tasked with responding to the debate on behalf of the government.

    Touching upon last Monday's events in the House of Commons, he remarks that "it was not an edifying experience".

    But he insists the government has negotiated a "good deal" for the UK on the package of 35 measures, which he says are in the national interest.

    He explains that the debate was scheduled today to "accommodate" the Lords EU Committee but notes that the previous debate on the Modern Slavery Bill went on longer than anticipated, knocking the start time back.

    Lord Boswell agrees to withdraw his amendment, and the government's motion is approved, bringing the debate to a close.

    Justice Minister Lord Faulks
  4. Criticism of government

    The government is coming under further criticism over the way it has handled the proposed opt back in to the 35 EU policing and justice measures - following the fall-out from last Monday in the Commons.

    Lord Stoddart of Swindon, an independent Labour peer, says he is "ashamed" of the way the government has handled the matter in both Houses.

    He says today's debate has been side-lined until late in the evening thus limiting the time available for peers to discuss the proposals, which "simply isn't good enough".

    The peer offers his support to Lord Boswell's amendment, which "regrets the inappropriate manner in which the government have sought parliamentary approval for their application".

    Opposition spokesman Baroness Smith of Basildon says she too is disappointed with the way the government has behaved - and tells the front bench it should accept Lord Boswell's amendment, as its criticisms are "fair".

    She goes on to reiterate Labour's support for the 35 EU justice measures the government proposes to re-join.

  5. Opposition to the EAW

    UK Independence Party peer Lord Willoughby de Broke - sporting a party colours tie - speaks against the European Arrest Warrant, arguing that extradition should be a matter for UK courts.

    "No matter how the government tries to play this and finesse it the fact is that through this measure of opting in we are handing over the rights of extradition from our own courts to the European Court of Justice," he tells peers.

    Lord Willougby de Broke
    Image caption: Lord Willoughby says the warrant has been the cause of many cases of "serious injustice".
  6. Labour wants vote on EAW

    Labour is to stage a Commons vote on the European Arrest Warrant in its opposition day debate on Wednesday.

    Although the government won its bid to re-join the package of measures - including the arrest warrant - last week, some Labour and Tory backbenchers were angry that MPs were not given a vote on the warrant itself.

    Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the move would put the UK's continued use of the warrant "beyond legal doubt" in the event of future court challenges.

    However, Downing Street sources have accused Labour of a "political stunt" over last Monday's vote.

  7. Welcome prospect

    Speaking from the Liberal Democrat benches, Baroness Ludford strongly welcomes the prospect of finalising the UK's renewed participation in the 35 policing and justice measures, "even if the procedures... have been far from ideal".

  8. Foolish episode

    Labour peer Lord Davies of Stamford follows, and says Lord Lamont's points "made no sense at all".

    Commenting on last week's row in the House of Commons, the MP-turned-peer says the government "tried to make a fool" out of the Commons but ended up "making a fool out of themselves".

    He says it was a "disgraceful episode" but tells peers that the House should support the motion tonight.

  9. Arrest Warrant 'flawed'

    Former Conservative Chancellor Lord Lamont of Lerwick agrees with Lord Boswell's criticisms of the government's handling of the matter - but he has "wider reservations" about the measures that ministers are seeking to re-join, particularly the European Arrest Warrant.

    Lord Lamont says the "basic flaw" with the warrant is "the concept of giving parity of esteem within the EU to different legal systems".

    He tells peers there is "no way" that the legal systems of "post-communist, Balkan countries" can be equated with the UK and other countries in western Europe.

    Lord Lamont
  10. 'Explicit promise'

    Lord Boswell, a non-affiliated peer, says the government "explicitly promised" both Houses of Parliament a vote on the final list of measures that ministers are seeking to re-join - and accuses ministers of failing to honour that pledge.

    The peer - who "fully supports" the government's decision to re-join the package of 35 measures - adds that the original motion tabled in the Lords pertaining to the regulations was changed the day after the Commons fall out.

    While welcoming this change, Lord Boswell claims the move was more about "the home secretary's saving face, than about submitting government actions to proper parliamentary scrutiny and oversight".

    Lord Boswell
  11. Commons finishes for the day

    Concluding his remarks, Norman Lamb says that none of the recommendations in the report is unachievable, though they may require "hard work" on the part of many organisations.

    He adds that the government owes it to "the families devastated by this tragedy" to ensure that all lessons are learned nationally.

    That brings to an end today's business in the House of Commons.

    MPs will be back on Tuesday at 11.30 GMT, when the main business will be the first day of report stage on the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.

  12. Why opt back in?

    Home Office spokesman Lord Bates explains the government's reasons for wanting to opt back in to the 35 policing and justice measures, which he says are "vital tools" for police and enforcement agencies to tackle serious crime and keep the country safe.

    He tells peers the government has negotiated a "good deal" in Europe for the UK, and emphasises the deadline by which the government must sign up to the measures.

    Acknowledging the regret motion, Lord Bates argues that the government has "gone out if its way" to provide opportunities for the House to consider the matters over the past year.

  13. European Arrest Warrant row

    The government's plans were approved by the House of Commons last week, but there was a huge row over the handling of the vote, after ministers were accused of breaking a promise for a vote on the EAW itself.

    It resulted in angry scenes in the chamber, and the debate being cut short after Labour invoked a rare procedural move.

    Independent peer Lord Boswell of Aynho has tabled a regret motion in the House of Lords against the main motion being debated this evening.

    Such a move is a way of expressing criticism or concern about certain regulations or statutory instruments, without challenging them directly, as it does not require the government to take action.

    They are an invitation for the House to put on record a particular point of view, but they have no practical effect.

  14. What are the Lords voting on?

    The government decided to exercise its block opt-out of all 133 EU police and criminal justice measures measures in 2013, a decision that will take effect on 1 December.

    However, ministers plan to rejoin 35 of the measures, including the European Arrest Warrant, before that deadline.

    Ministers and other supporters of the move, including government and law enforcement agencies, say the EAW is a vital tool to protect the UK and bring criminals to justice across EU borders.

    However critics of the warrant, including some Conservative MPs, argue that it is overused and a threat to the Britons' liberties and UK sovereignty.

  15. Last business in Lords

    Peers move on to the last item of business on today's agenda - which concerns the government's plans to re-join 35 EU policing and justice measures.

    The government has tabled a motion for approval which, if passed, will give the House's backing to the plans.

  16. Modern Slavery Bill passes second reading

    Lord Bates underlines the importance of victims of trafficking and slavery being placed at the heart of the bill, and predicts there will be "fewer victims" of modern slavery as a result of the bill's measures.

    The Modern Slavery Bill goes on to receive an unopposed second reading, meaning it will pass to committee stage.

  17. Not fit for purpose

    Norman Lamb says that he does not think the way the government organises and commissions children and young people's mental health services is "fit for purpose".

    This led to him announcing a task force to look in to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) system this summer, he adds.

  18. Addressing concerns

    Health Minister Norman Lamb tells MPs that the government will seek to address the concerns raised in the report into Christina's death commissioned by Birmingham Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group, and will respond as soon as possible.

  19. Government response

    Health Minister Norman Lamb has been tasked with responding to the debate for the government.

    Adjournment debates are short debates held at the end of a day's business and are used to bring constituency matters to the attention of government ministers.

  20. Adjournment debate

    Christina Edkins, 16, was killed by Phillip Simelane, 23, on a rush-hour bus in Birmingham in March 2013. Mr Simelane, from Walsall, had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

    An inquiry concluded that her death could have been prevented if Mr Simelane had been given mental health treatment, and found that medical staff, police and the prison service missed chances to get him treatment he needed.

    He admitted manslaughter last October and has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act by a judge at Birmingham Crown Court.

    Raising the matter in the adjournment debate, Conservative MP James Morris calls on the government to improve the sharing of information between public bodies and enter into discussions about launching a wider inquiry into the failures that led to Ms Edkins death.

    "Nothing will be able to diminish the pain and anguish suffered by the family of Christian Edkins, but those in positions of public responsibility can now do everything they can to ensure that the tragic circumstances of this case are not repeated," he says.

  21. Government response in the Lords

    Home Office spokesman Lord Bates is delivering the final speech of this debate on the Modern Slavery Bill, as he summates on behalf of the government.

    He praises the quality of the debate, and congratulates Lord Cashman, Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen and Baroness Mobarik for their maiden speeches - the first time they have spoken in the Lords since joining the House.

  22. Bill progress

    If the bill is passed at second reading by the House of Lords - which it looks more than likely to - it will progress to committee stage.

    This is the point at which detailed, line-by-line scrutiny of a bill is undertaken, and amendments are made.

    In the House of Lords, committee stage consideration nearly always takes place in a committee of the whole House - in other words, in the main chamber itself.

  23. Labour's reponse

    Lord Rosser notes that the bill has support from all sides of the House, but adds that questions have been raised to whether it "should and could" go further to combat the "increasing scourge" of human trafficking and slavery.

    He laments that the number of prosecutions to date has "not exactly been overwhelmingly", running "below 50" each year. The number of successful prosecutions is even lower, sometimes in single figures, he adds.

  24. Labour support

    Shadow Treasury minister Catherine McKinnell says Labour will support the bill.

    However she argues that the bill is long overdue, could overly burden parents by complicating the child benefit system and will "do very little" to combat child poverty.

  25. Closing speeches

    Backbench speeches are over which means that the closing speeches can begin, starting with the opposition front bench, who is being represented by Lord Rosser.

    He opens his remarks by paying tribute to the three new peers who delivered their maiden speeches in the debate.

  26. Anti-slavery commissioner's role

    Kevin Hyland has been appointed as the UK's first anti-slavery commissioner, a post which is established by this bill.

    Mr Hyland - a former head of the Metropolitan Police's world renowned Human Trafficking Unit - will act as designate commissioner until the bill becomes law, expected to be next year.

    Whilst welcoming the creation of the post, Liberal Democrat Baroness Hamwee expresses her disappointment that the appointment went ahead based on a job description "written before parliament had agreed what that job should be".

    She hopes that the job will be about "more than enforcement".

  27. Third reading

    MPs now turn to the third reading of the Childcare Payments Bill, the final review of the contents of the bill in the House of Commons.

    Third reading debates are limited to what is contained in the bill and usually pass without event, as ministers look back at the bill's passage through the House.

    Given that Labour has called this bill a "blunt instrument" that will provide only temporary relief to families, expect the opposition to fire some last shots at the government.

  28. The Modern Slavery Bill

    This second reading debate in the Lords has highlighted the cross-party support for the Modern Slavery Bill.

    However, several peers have argued for improvements to the bill, including for the creation of a separate offence of child exploitation, a strengthening of measures to tackle supply chain slavery, and for the remits of the anti-slavery commissioner and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to be widened.

    Others have called for there to be more support for victims of trafficking and slavery.

  29. Amendment defeated

    MPs reject a second Labour-tabled amendment that would have required the government to carry out an impact assessment of the bill every three years, paying special attention to: the effectiveness of the Act on making childcare more affordable, the average cost of childcare for parents in work, and the impact of supply-led measures on the cost of childcare.

    Tabling the amendment, new shadow education minster Alison McGovern told MPs that the measure would be a "valuable canary down the mine" on a bill Labour believes to be a "blunt instrument" which fails to tackle the underlying problems in the child care sector and which will "give the most financial support to the best off families."

    Responding, Treasury Minister Priti Patel says the government has already committed to reviewing the scheme two years after the bill's passing, and adds that there is nothing to be gained from the amendment.

    The government is committed to supporting parents with the cost of child care, she adds.

    MPs rejected Labour's amendment by 272 votes to 208, a government majority of 64.

    Tellers
    Image caption: Tellers announce that Labour's New Clause two has been defeated.
  30. 'Independent' anti-slavery commissioner

    Baroness Hodgson of Abinger, a Conservative peer, welcomes the creation of an anti-slavery commissioner, which she believes will lead to a more efficient and effective system, ultimately resulting in more prosecutions.

    However, she says it is important that the post holder is considered independent but questions whether this can "truly be the case" if the role sits in the Home Office, and is appointed by and accountable to the home secretary.

    The new anti-slavery commissioner will be responsible for overseeing and co-ordinating law enforcement efforts.

  31. Labour amendment rejected

    MPs reject a Labour tabled amendment that would require the government to publish a report on the impact of the new top-up payments to parents of three and four year old children compared to Labour's policy of funding 25 hours per week free childcare.

    Labour have said they will extend free childcare to 25 hours for working parents with three and four-year-old - which they say will be a "much better offer to parents" - paid for by an increase in the bank levy.

    Treasury Minster Priti Patel tells MPs the government already funds 15 hours a week of early education for three and four year olds and the "least advantaged" parents of two year olds. Ms Patel tells MPs that the current scheme creates greater flexibility and will provide more support to older children as well.

    The amendment was defeated by 274 votes to 206, a government majority of 68.

    Treasury Minister Priti Patel
  32. Maiden speech

    Peers are being treated to the third and final maiden speech of today - courtesy of Baroness Mobarik, who has joined the House of Lords as a Conservative peer.

    Lady Mobarik, formerly chairman of the CBI in Scotland, says businesses have a "moral duty" to take "positive action" to eliminate slavery within their supply chains.

    She welcomes the introduction of measures by the government to improve transparency in firms' supply chains, telling peers "it is right that government legislates for this and provides the tools for business to audit effectively".

    Baroness Mobarik
  33. Child exploitation offence

    Crossbencher Lord Alton of Liverpool, who formerly sat as a Liberal Democrat MP, says he would like to see a specific offence of child exploitation and trafficking introduced in to the bill.

    He also argues for a "statutory principle of non-prosecution" so that children are who have been trafficked are not detained, prosecuted or punished "for offences committed as a direct consequence of their trafficking, slavery or exploitation".

    Lord Alton of Liverpool

    Lord Alton adds that he thinks the bill "fails" migrant workers - and indicates this is something that may be revisited at committee stage.

  34. New visa rules

    Labour peer Lord Warner identifies four areas of concern in the bill.

    He calls on the government to reverse changes made to visa rules for domestic workers in 2012, which charities claims allow abusive employers to demand extremely long hours, and withhold pay and food.

    Since April 2012 these workers have been tied to one employer upon entering the UK - meaning they cannot move jobs.

    Lord Warner also raises concerns about the remit of the anti-slavery commissioner, and argues that it should be widened.

    And he questions whether the bill, as it is currently drafted, adequately protects children who are victims of trafficking.

  35. Childcare Payments Bill

    Shadow Treasury minister Catherine McKinnell
    Image caption: Shadow Treasury minister Catherine McKinnell opens the debate on report stage of the Childcare Payments Bill.
  36. Further work on slavery urged

    Whilst welcoming the bill, Baroness Hanham tells peers she hopes that the government will "take courage and go further" to address the "concerns" of all those who deal with victims of trafficking and slavery, and ensure they are "heard and learnt from".

    Conservative peer Baroness Hanham
  37. Bill stages

    MPs now turn their attention to the remaining stages Childcare Payments Bill - which sets up a new tax-free childcare scheme to support eligible parents with childcare costs.

    The government would provide 20% support on costs up to £10,000 per year for each child via an online account to a maximum of £2,000 a year per child.

    The bill is scheduled to complete both report stage and third reading before 22.00 GMT this evening.

  38. Point of order

    During a point of order Labour MP John McDonnell accuses the Daily Mail and Conservative Central Office of a "concerted effort" to misrepresent his remarks after a story appeared in the Daily Mail accusing him of joking about 'lynching' a female Tory minister at a comedy night.

    Mr McDonnell was responding to a call from Conservative MP Margot James to apologies for the comments.

    Deputy Speaker Dawn Primarolo advises the MPs to settle their disagreement outside of the chamber "over a cup of tea" as debate over comments made outside of the House of Commons should be sorted outside of the chamber.

    John McDonnell
    Image caption: John McDonnell tell MPs that comments he made were misrepresented and used to detract from a speech made by Labour Leader Ed Miliband last Thursday.
  39. Slavery bill resumes in Lords

    The statement in the House of Lords is over, and peers resume their second reading debate on the Modern Slavery Bill - beginning with a speech from the Conservatives' Baroness Hanham.

  40. Action on IS urged

    Further to that point, former Tory Cabinet minister Lord Howell of Guildford says David Cameron's words about Islamic State (IS) "were not strong enough".

    He adds that action - not just words - is needed from all G20 leaders to counter Islamic State, emphasising that it is not just a "Western task".

    Addressing his latter point, Lady Stowell says the PM urged all leaders at the summit to demonstrate their support for the Iraqi government and international efforts to combat Islamic State, and to condemn Syrian President Bashar Al Asssad's regime.

    She adds that Islamic State pose a threat to "all parts" of the world, not just the West.

  41. Ducks only

    Responding to a question from Conservative MP Philip Hollobone, Liz Truss says that it is only ducks that been affected so far, and no cases have been found in chickens or turkeys.

  42. Smallholders' concerns

    Responding to a question from Conservative MP Craig Whittaker, Liz Truss says that smallholders with concerns about bird flu should speak to their local vet.

  43. Vets helping

    Conservative MP Julian Smith asks what can be done to ensure that all vets are looking out for bird flu.

    Liz Truss says the chief veterinary officer has already been very active in "getting information out there", and information is available on Defra's website.

  44. Bird flu background

    A case of bird flu has been confirmed at a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire today, the first such case in the UK since 2008.

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the risk to public health was very low. Some 6,000 birds will be culled and a 10km (6 mile) exclusion zone is in place.

    The exact strain has not been confirmed but the H5N1 form, deadly to humans, has been ruled out by Defra officials.

    The virus spreads between birds and, in rare cases, can affect humans.

  45. PM's language

    Crossbench peer Lord Hylton criticises the PM's use of language in condemning the killing of US aid worker Abdul-Rahman and 18 Syrian prisoners by Islamic State militants.

    He takes particular issue with the words "mindless" and "sick" and suggests that "that kind of rhetoric should perhaps be removed".

    Baroness Stowell of Beeston disagrees.

  46. European outbreak of Avian flu

    On Sunday, an outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu was discovered at a poultry farm in the Netherlands.

    The Dutch government has imposed a three-day nationwide ban on the transportation of poultry and eggs.

    Officials say the strain, H5N8, is very dangerous for bird life and could potentially affect humans, although people can only be infected through very close contact with the affected birds.

    EU officials, meeting in Brussels, have said the British case is "most likely" linked to the current outbreak in the Netherlands and a recent outbreak in Germany. They also believe migratory birds heading south for winter are responsible.

  47. Compensation paid

    Responding to a question from Conservative MP Greg Knight, Liz Truss says there will be "robust" compensation paid out to farmers adversely affected by the outbreak.

  48. Lords response

    Lords leader Lady Stowell emphasises the UK's economic performance as she responds to Lord Hunt's remarks.

    She says the UK is "leading the world" along with America in terms of growth and adds that there is "no question whatsoever" that the UK is not on the right economic course.

    The front bench exchanges are over, paving the way for a 20 minute Q&A with peers.

  49. Reassurances

    Responding to Ms Eagle's comments, Liz Truss says that transport within the restricted zone around the outbreak's discovery will have to be licensed to reduce chances of the disease spreading. People working in farms in the area around the outbreak will be protected, but stresses that the risk to humans is very low.

    Ms Truss says that the chicken and turkey that people eat continues to be safe.

    European counterparts are being worked with, she tells MPs, but says we are at the early stages of examining what strain this is.

  50. Post update

    @DefraGovUK

    Defra UK ‏tweets: Elizabeth Truss just updated parliament on immediate and robust action taken to control #birdflu outbreak. More info.

  51. Labour response to G20 summit statement

    The repeat of the statement is over, and Lord Hunt of Kings Heath sets out Labour's response on behalf of the opposition front bench.

    The prime minister has gone from saying "everything is fixed thanks to him" to "everything is not fixed but it's nothing to do with him", Lord Hunt says.

  52. Christmas impact?

    Ms Eagle asks whether the outbreak will affect people ordering birds for their Christmas dinners.

  53. Europe co-operation

    Ms Eagle asks how the government is co-operating with European nations who have also had an outbreak of Avian flu, and asks for clarification over what is being let in and out of the country.

  54. Which strain?

    Shadow environment secretary Maria Eagle responds for Labour. She asks when the government will know what strain of the disease has been discovered.

  55. Investigations ongoing

    Drawing her comments to a close, Liz Truss says investigations are ongoing into what caused this outbreak, and if they're connected to outbreaks in the Netherlands and Germany.

    She calls anyone who keeps poultry practises good bio-security and remains vigilant.

  56. G20 statement

    In his Commons statement, David Cameron said the UK government will stick to its economic strategy amid growing threats to the recovery from global instability.

    Only by holding firm could a "better future" be secured for the UK, he said.

    Labour leader Ed Miliband accused Mr Cameron of "getting his excuses in early", in his response to his statement.

    Mr Cameron also used his statement to condemn the murder of US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig by so-called Islamic State militants.

  57. Lords statement on G20

    The G20 comprises 19 countries plus the European Union.

    At the summit in Brisbane, Australia, leaders agreed to boost their economies by at least 2.1% by 2018, adding $2 trillion to global economies.

    Much of the summit focused on Russian President Vladimir Putin's position on the crisis in Ukraine.

    Mr Putin faced fierce criticism and left the meeting before it ended, but said the summit was "constructive".

    In their final statement, the leaders agreed to take strong and effective action on climate change.

    They also vowed to do all they could to "extinguish" the Ebola outbreak.

  58. Combating disease

    The environment secretary says there are "tried and tested" methods for dealing with this disease, which are working.

  59. No food risk

    Liz Truss says that risk to public health is "extremely low" and does not pose a food safety risk.

  60. Strain of Avian Flu

    Ms Truss says the samples form a farm in Yorkshire have been analysed and have identified the presence of "highly pathogenic" H5 avian flu, but the H5N1 form, deadly to humans, has been ruled out.

  61. Steps taken

    Liz Truss
    Image caption: The environment secretary announces the steps being taken to combat bird flu
  62. Bird flu statement

    Environment Secretary Liz Truss is now delivering a statement on Avian Flu after the first case was detected in the UK for six years.

  63. Lords listening to G20 statement

    Baroness Stowell of Beeston, the Conservative leader of the Lords, is reading out the prime minister's statement to peers.

    The opposition will make a short speech in response, after which peers will be able to question Lady Stowell on the subject matter.

  64. New target

    Labour MP William Bain asks David Cameron if he agrees that accepting a 2030 decarbonisation target for the power sector - rejected from the Energy Bill last year - would strengthen the UK's position ahead of next year Paris summit on climate change.

    Mr Cameron says he doesn't think it's necessary. The UK has signed up to measures to cut carbon along with other EU state, but the focus should be doing it at the lowest cost.

    Signing up to a target to decarbonise the energy sector before we know how technologies would work is the "height of irresponsibility", he says.

  65. Repeat of statement

    Baroness Cox, speaking from the independent crossbenches, identifies three areas of the bill which she believes could be improved, including stronger measures to tackle slavery in business supply chains.

    As the peer concludes her speech, the second reading debate on the bill is brought to a temporary halt to allow for a repeat of David Cameron's statement in the Commons on the weekend's G20 summit.

  66. Post update

    @William_Bain

    Labour MP William Bain ‏tweets: Asked PM to support 2030 energy decarbonisation target to show leadership before 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference. Regrettably he won't

  67. Trafficking scars

    Baroness Chisholm says she would like to see more victims of modern day slavery and human trafficking identified and treated not just for the visible scars, but the mental scars "which run more deeply and last much longer".

    Baroness Chisholm
  68. Public fears

    Labour MP Sheila Gilmore asks why the NHS cannot be "formally exempted" from TTIP, to alleviate fears.

    Mr Cameron says this point is open for debate, but says there is not point raising unnecessary fears amongst the public.

  69. Email campaign

    Responding to a question from SDLP MP Margaret Ritchie, David Cameron says that while it is right to debate TTIP he encourages MPs to combat "the barrage of emails" aimed at spreading fear about TTIP in order to sabotage the deal by promoting its benefits.

    Mr Cameron suggests that people may have signed up to the emails "without fully understanding what they have been asked to sign".

  70. 'Overwhelming kindness'

    It's time for the second maiden speech of the debate, this time from Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen.

    Lady Chisholm - a former nurse and osteoporosis campaigner - is a Conservative peer.

    She thanks peers and parliamentary staff for their "overwhelming kindness" to her since she joined the Lords.

  71. Bill addressing exploitation

    The exploitation of men, women and children "is all around us", Lord Cashman tells peers, in his first speech since joining the Lords.

    The Labour peer hopes the bill will help to address these "abhorrent injustices", and that the government will be open to amendments.

    Lord Cashman

    Putting the bill in a broader context, Lord Cashman tells peers that "at the heart of everything we do we should reinforce the concept of civil liberties and responsibilities, and universal human rights".

    He also warns against any diluting of the "fundamental principles" of the European Union.

    To do so would "once again raise the ugly face of narrow nationalism, pitting nation against nation and minority against minority, and in the end it's always the individual that suffers", he adds.

  72. Defence spending

    Conservative John Baron, who tabled an urgent question on army reservists earlier, says that having a reduced armed forces will eventually get "found out by bullies in the playground".

    David Cameron says he doesn't agree that the UK's defence strength has shrunk. Britain has one of the top five defence budgets in the world. Britain has a full set of capabilities including two new aircraft carriers are being built.

  73. Nato target met

    Conservative MP Julian Lewis asks Mr Cameron for a commitment to keep defence spending above the Nato target of 2% of GDP. Keeping above this will send a message to Vladimir Putin, he says.

    Mr Cameron says he has set out his plans for this parliament which will maintain the UK's defence budget as one of the top five in the world.

  74. Business investment

    Labour MP Derek Twigg says something needs to be done about productivity in the UK in order to improve the economy, and asks how having a large part of the work force on low paid jobs affects productivity.

    David Cameron says we've just seen the largest fall in unemployment in Britain since records began and it's a fiction to say these are all in low paid jobs. Investment from business will increase productivity, he says.

  75. Eurozone problems

    Former defence secretary Liam Fox says the eurozone itself poses a threat to the EU's recovery, saying livelihoods are being "sacrificed on the altar of a political project".

    David Cameron says the eurozone needs structural changes. Britain and the US have shown an active monetary policy can make a difference, he says, and the European Central Bank should follow that course.

  76. Post update

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    Daily Mail's James Chapman tweets: PM congratulates @NicolaSturgeon but says 'almost every country' at #G20 'made point of saying how pleased they were UK stayed together'

  77. India relationship

    Labour MP Keith Vaz asks if David Cameron discussed trade in his meeting with the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi.

    He goes on to ask whether Mr Cameron invited him to the UK.

    Mr Cameron says they discussed the need for the free trade talks with the EU to get going again, and tells MPs that more can be done to promote trade with India.

    Narendra Modi
    Image caption: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian community at a reception in Sydney during his trip to Australia
  78. What are maiden speeches?

    Maiden speeches are the first occasion on which a new member of the House of Commons or House of Lords rises to speak.

    They are usually uncontroversial and fairly short, containing a tribute to the MP's predecessor and complimentary remarks about the new member's constituency - or about the work of the Lords.

    It is also the custom for other members to listen to a maiden speech without interruption and for those speaking subsequently, from whichever part of the House, to praise the new member on their first contribution.

  79. Maiden speech

    Michael - now Lord - Cashman is making his maiden speech in the House of Lords.

    The former Labour MEP and actor recently took his seat in the upper chamber.

  80. Trade deal

    Former Cabinet minister Ken Clarke says that a "great deal depends" on an EU-US trade deal and asks whether David Cameron pressed other EU leaders to push for a trade deal in "short window of opportunity" between the recent mid-term elections in the United States and the next presidential campaign.

    Mr Cameron says changes in the US Congress make an agreement on TTIP (the transatlantic trade and investment partnership) - as the EU-US trade deal is known - more likely.

    Supporters of the trade deal must tackle myths about its impact on things like the NHS, he adds.

  81. Lords debate

    The Bishop of Derby, the Rt Rev Alastair Redfern, focuses his opening remarks on slavery in business supply chains, and calls for a "sharper" and "tougher focus" to eradicate this "appalling crime".

    The government introduced a late-stage amendment to the Modern Slavery Bill to ask companies to report annually on their efforts to eradicate slavery from their supply chains.

    The Bishop of Derby, the Rt Rev Alastair Redfern

    He also advocates a wider remit for the Gangmaster Licesning Authority (GLA), which he says could enable it to do proactive preventative work.

  82. Luxembourg stance

    Former Labour Cabinet minister Jack Straw asks about Luxembourg's "scandalous" record on tax avoidance when European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was prime minister.

    Mr Cameron says Luxembourg has also signed up to the pledge on tax avoidance.

  83. Response to Labour points

    Responding to Mr Miliband's comments, David Cameron says that all EU leaders who met Russia's President Putin at the G20 gave him a clear message and any further destabilisation would trigger more sanctions.

    Mr Cameron says that tax jurisdictions have now agreed to share information: a crucial step in combating tax avoidance.

    Britain has already made money available to the Climate Change Fund, Mr Cameron says, and adds that the biggest breakthrough is that China and America came to an agreement on targets to reduce climate change.

    Mr Cameron says he is happy to "take some credit" for what is happening in the UK with a growing economy and the biggest fall in unemployment on record. Britain is outperforming other countries he says, despite problems in the world economy.

  84. Making excuses?

    Ed Miliband tells the PM he should stop making excuses for an economy that is only helping the rich.

  85. Post update

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  86. British economy woes?

    Mr Miliband accuses David Cameron of "getting his excuses in early" over his warnings about the global economy.

  87. Ebola commitments

    Mr Miliband says that he welcomes the UK's role as the second largest donor in the fight against Ebola, But he says the G20 conclusions were short on commitments from other countries and asks what more can be done to get other countries to contribute more.

  88. Climate change funding

    Mr Miliband asks when the UK will announce its contribution to the climate fund.

  89. No change

    Labour Leader Ed Miliband says that 18 months after the G8, changes to global tax avoidance have not been made, despite assurances.

  90. 'Seize opportunity'

    Liberal Democrat Baroness Suttie says the bill is an "excellent start" in combating human trafficking and slavery but impresses upon peers the need to "seize this opportunity" to ensure it is "as world class as possible".

    She highlights three particular areas in the bill for further scrutiny and possible improvement, including the remit of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, the definition of exploitation and the accountability and independence of the new anti-slavery commissioner.

  91. Opposition leader

    Ed Miliband
    Image caption: Labour leader Ed Miliband stands to address the prime minister's statement
  92. Russia dealings

    On the threat posed by conflict and disease, Mr Cameron says he called on Russia to respect the Minsk agreements. He tells MPs that Britain was prepared to tighten sanctions.

    President Putin must be judged by his deeds, not his words, Mr Cameron says.

  93. Tax liabilities

    A G20-wide action plan was agreed to ensure that there was nowhere for large companies to hide their tax liabilities.

  94. Tax deals

    Mr Cameron says that breakthroughs were made on "ensuring big companies pay the taxes they owe".

  95. Trade deal

    The prime minister says an EU-US trade deal must be done next year, which could add £10bn to the UK economy.

  96. Post update

    @faisalislam

    SkyNews Political Editor Faisal Islam tweets: PM "Britain and America leading the pack, however also clear warning signs in global econ mean we should stick to long term econ plan"

  97. Addressing challenges

    Mr Cameron says his focus at the G20 was helping to deliver the UK's economic plan by addressing big global challenges that could threaten the recovery, including protectionism, global tax avoidance and global combat.

  98. EU lead

    Mr Cameron says the EU has taken the lead in combating global warming.

  99. Global dangers

    David Cameron says there are warning signs in the global economy, which means the UK must stick to its "long term economic plan".

  100. Economic plan

    The prime minister says the government is giving its full backing to the Brisbane Action Plan.

  101. PM at despatch box

    Prime Minister David Cameron is now at the despatch box updating MPs on the recent G20 summit. He opens his comments in condemning the murder of American aid worker Peter Kassig by Islamic State.

    David Cameron
    Image caption: The prime minister addresses colleagues in the House of Commons
  102. Stamping out slavery

    The Modern Slavery Bill aims to provide law enforcement agencies with better tools to stamp out modern slavery in England and Wales.

    Authorities would be given the powers to stop vessels in which slaves are suspected of being held or trafficked.

    In addition, the courts would have new powers to order perpetrators of slavery and trafficking offences to pay compensation to their victims.

    Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Orders would be introduced to restrict the activity of convicted individuals.

  103. PM on frontbench

    David Cameron Julian Brazier
    Image caption: David Cameron has appeared in the Chamber ahead of his Commons statement on the G20 summit
  104. Keen to serve

    To laughs from around that chamber Conservative MP, and former army officer, Bob Stewart says he has been waiting by his phone for a call asking him to join the army reservists but has yet to be asked. He asks the government how many reservists will be made available for non-major national emergencies.

    Julian Brazier says that he can't give him a firm number but that experience shows that most reservists are keen to help in an emergency.

  105. Worldwide slavery

    An estimated 29.8 million people are trafficked and enslaved across the world, "more than the entire transatlantic trade 200 years ago", independent crossbench peer and retired judge Baroness Butler-Sloss tells the House.

    She adds that trafficking and slavery is the "second most valuable illegal business in the world", estimated at about $150bn a year.

    The peer - who co-chairs the parliamentary group on human trafficking and anti-slavery and is trustee of the Human Trafficking Foundation - congratulates the government on introducing the bill, describing its second reading today as an "historic and exciting moment".

    She says there is room for improvement in the bill, but cautions against being "too ambitious", describing the package of measures as "the start of a process".

  106. Labour support

    In his response to Kevan Jones' comments, Defence Minister Julian Brazier says that Labour's policy is to support the government's changes and points out that, in his opinion, none of Mr Jones' comments suggest otherwise.

  107. Defence 'vulnerable'

    Mr Jones says the government's programme is "bold" but "fundamentally flawed", the consequences of which will be that Britain's defence will be "vulnerable for years to come".

  108. 'Shambles'

    Mr Jones calls the government programme a "shambles" and says clarity is urgently needed in the government's plans.

  109. Increasing reservists

    Labour's shadow defence minister Kevan Jones says Capita is being paid £50m per year by the government to help increase army reservists, which equates to £2.5m per new recruit.

  110. Weakening Army?

    John Baron says the government's reservist plan has increased costs but is weakening the Army and calls on the government to re-invest in the regular Army.

  111. Backbench voices

    Let us all work together to ensure this "good" bill becomes "an even better bill", Lord Tunnicliffe tells the House of Lords.

    And with that the front bench speeches are over, and the floor is open to backbench speakers.

    Lord Tunnicliffe
  112. UK armed forces figures

    The 2010 strategic defence and security review set a target of reducing the UK's armed forces, including reserves, to 142,000 by 2020. The figure fell from 205,850 to 195,980 in the year to October.

    The plan includes cutting the size of the Army from 102,000 to 82,000 over 10 years.

    Ministry of Defence's figures showed that since October 2013 the number of reserves rose to 22,450 while regular full-time forces decreased by 9,710 to 146,980.

    And they also showed the trained number of Army Reserve volunteers rose just 20 - from 19,290 in October 2013 to 19,310 a year later, an increase of just 20 army reservists.

  113. Falling numbers?

    Responding to the statement, Conservative MP John Baron says figures show that the the strength of the Army reserve has fallen between April 2013 and October this year. He says the government's plans to expand the army reserve are "struggling, to say the least".

  114. Labour to amend the bill

    Representing the opposition, Lord Tunnicliffe welcomes the bill, but argues that it should go further to combat modern slavery and trafficking.

    The shadow Home Office spokesman pledges that Labour will seek to amend the bill accordingly as it progresses through the House of Lords.

    Specifically, the party wants to create separate offences of serious exploitation and child trafficking.

    Labour will also push for a strengthening of the anti-slavery requirements for UK industry supply chains, Lord Tunnicliffe informs the House.

  115. Full strength

    Concluding his remarks, Mr Brazier says the programme to grow the reverse is on track and has "reduced 18 years of decline" in the army reserves.

    It will reach its target to increase the army reserve numbers by 30,000 by April 2019.

  116. Answering urgent question

    Julian Brazier
    Image caption: Julian Brazier says the government is making steady progress in examining the army reserve
  117. Previous government

    Mr Brazier tells MPs that the armed forces were run on an unaffordable basis under the previous Labour administration.

  118. Urgent question

    Defence Minister Julian Brazier is responding to an urgent question from Conservative MP John Baron on recruitment to the army reserve.

  119. Post update

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    Home Sec says govt is looking again at TPMS regime to strengthen controls on terror suspects, in response to Yvette Cooper question

  120. Child protection

    The government is trialling schemes for child trafficking advocates in 23 English local authorities.

    The bill includes provisions to enable parliament to put these advocates on a statutory footing once the trials have been completed and evaluated, Lord Bates tells peers.

    Home Office spokesman Lord Bates
    Image caption: The trafficking and enslavement of children is "one of the most heinous acts" of modern slavery, says Lord Bates
  121. Election turnout

    Responding to a question from Conservative MP David Nuttall, Home Office Minister Mike Penning says that the government are looking at whether a first past the post model might be introduced in the election for Police and Crime Commissioners in a bid to improve turnout, after it emerged that turnout was just 10.4% in a recent West Midlands election.

  122. Bill's remit

    Home Office spokesman Lord Bates is opening the debate, and spells out what the bill proposes to do.

    In summary, it aims to consolidate existing offences used to prosecute those who enslave others into a single act.

    The bill also changes the maximum jail sentence from 14 years to life, creates a new post of anti-slavery commissioner and ensures compensation is paid to victims.

  123. Deportations

    Labour MP William Bain accuses the Home Office of "inefficiency" after the number of criminals deported fell by 7% since 2010, and highlights a recent National Audit Office report that found that 40% of the delays were down to "avoidable processing errors".

    Immigration Minister James Brokenshire says that there has been 28% increase in legal challenges to efforts to deport criminals, which were designed to "frustrate and delay" the process.

    He tells MPs that just under 5,100 foreign nationals have been deported from the UK this year, a 12.1% increase on the previous two years.

  124. Modern Slavery Bill

    The question session is over, and peers turn their attention to second reading of the Modern Slavery Bill.

    This is an opportunity for peers to debate the general principles of the legislation.

    There are 31 peers scheduled to speak, and it has been requested that backbenchers keep their remarks to eight minutes.

    We're expecting three maiden speeches in this debate - in other words, the first occasion on which a new member speaks in the chamber.

  125. Protecting children

    The final question of the half-hour session comes from Labour peer Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe, and is on steps to protect children from alcohol harm.

    Home Office spokesman Baroness Williams of Trafford is tasked with responding on behalf of the government.

  126. Pay day loan regulation

    The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Rev Dr Alan Smith, cites research which suggests that more than 40% of people who have taken out a pay day loan receive more than one unsolicited phone call a day.

    He says the ban on mortgage providers using cold calls to sell their services must also be applied to pay day loans companies.

    However, Treasury Minister Lord Newby says the circumstances which led to that ban do not apply to pay day loans.

    He adds that pay day loans companies are being regulated for the first time under the government, which is causing a "collapse" in the number of such firms.

  127. Border security?

    Two members of the Homes Affairs Committee attack the government over perceived weakness in the the UK's border controls.

    Committee Chair Keith Vaz calls on the government to work more closely with countries such as Italy and Greece, where many illegal immigrants coming to Europe first arrive. He tells MPs that there are 2,300 illegal migrants in Calais aiming to come to the UK.

    Conservative MP Stephen Barclay accuses the government of failing to answer questions over the number of vehicles screened as they come into the UK to identify stowaways, and says that there are just five vehicle scanning machines working in the UK's 51 ports.

    The comments come after the mayor of the French city of Calais told the Home Affairs Committee that illegal migrants see the UK as a "soft touch" and its benefits system acts as a "magnet" to them.

    Immigration Minister James Brokenshire says UK border force uses "an array of different techniques to secure our border" and says 18,00 people were detected at port points, a 60% increase.

    Keith Vaz
    Image caption: Home Affairs Committee Chair Keith Vaz
  128. Number's up

    Opposition spokesman Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town calls on the government to support Labour's amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill next week, regarding nuisance calls.

    She explains it would make it compulsory for every marketing call to reveal its number - either for blocking purposes or to enable action to be taken against them.

    Lord Newby promises to relay her request to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, but he cautions that it is not as "straight forward" a case as Labour suggests.

  129. Post update

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    PM David Cameron tweets: My statement on #G20 and why warning signs in the global economy mean we must stick to the long term economic plan at 4pm in the Commons.

  130. Cold call ban

    Moving on, Lib Dem peer Lord Starkey is calling for a ban on cold calls selling pay day loans and fee-charging debt management companies.

    Lib Dem peer Lord Starkey
  131. Coming up: Bird flu statement

    Bird flu
    Image caption: The case of bird flu has been confirmed at a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire

    A case of bird flu has been confirmed at a farm in England. The exact strain has not yet been confirmed.

    Meanwhile, a "highly contagious" strain has been identified in a poultry farm in the Netherlands.

    What risk, if any, does this pose to people? Read more about bird flu here.

  132. NHS question

    Crossbencher Lord Patel asks the health minister to predict which party will keep the NHS "free at the point of need" after the 2015 general election.

    Earl Howe says he can only speak on behalf of his party, the Conservatives, who are "averse to any system of charging and would wish to keep NHS free at the point of use, regardless of ability to pay".

  133. Health inequalities

    Peers are now questioning Health Minister Earl Howe on NHS funding.

    Labour peer Lord Kennedy of Southwark, president of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, highlights concerns that changes to NHS funding structures risk "worsening" health inequalities.

  134. Student migration

    Labour MP Mark Lazarowicz calls on the government to exclude international students from immigration statistics, saying the cap on immigration is "unworkable and misguided" .

    Immigration Minister James Brokenshire says the government will not change its policy as students continue to use public services and so "have an impact on net migration".

    He points out that there is no cap on the number of "legitimate students" coming form abroad to study in the UK.

  135. Peers return

    House of Lords
    Image caption: It's a packed chamber in the Lords for the afternoon questions session
  136. Post update

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    Lib Dem Lords tweet: "Fundamental to dealing with #HIV globally is the problem of gender inequality" Lib Dem Peer @LPNorthover #LordsQs

  137. Crime statistics

    Responding to a question from Conservative MP David Rutley, Theresa May tells the House that crime is at its lowest level since since the Independent Crime Survey in England And Wales began in 1981. Crime has fallen by 20% under this government, she adds.

  138. Global HIV rates

    Figures from the United Nations show there were 35 million people living with HIV in 2013.

    Worldwide, 2.1 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2013, down from 3.4 million in 2001.

    New HIV infections among children have declined by 58% since 2001. Worldwide, 240,000 children became newly infected with HIV in 2013, down from 580,000 in 2001.

    New HIV infections among adults and adolescents decreased by 50% or more in 26 countries between 2001 and 2012.

  139. Lords questions

    Conservative peer Lord Fowler begins the session in the Lords with a question to the government on global HIV rates.

    International Development Baroness Northover is responding for the government.

  140. Post update

    @julianhuppert

    Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert tweets: In the chamber for @ukhomeoffice questions. Lots of issues to raise - will try to pick up drug reform & international student migration #fb

  141. Home Secretary answers questions

    Conservative MP Pauline Latham kicks off today's business asking Theresa May what steps are being taken encourage business to help fight modern slavery.

    The Home Secretary says that a new clause in the Modern Slavery Bill will force companies to show what they're doing to ensure slavery is not taking place in their supply chains.

    Theresa May
  142. Main legislation

    The day's main legislation in the House of Commons will be the final stages of the Child Payments Bill which sets up a new tax-free childcare scheme to support eligible parents with childcare costs.

    The government would provide 20% support on costs up to £10,000 per year for each child via an online account to a maximum of £2,000 a year per child.

    Business in the House of Commons will then conclude with the daily adjournment debate; today's is on mental health services and the homicide investigation report on the death of Christina Edkins, led by Conservative MP James Morris.

  143. Motion of regret

    Later in the evening, during the dinner break debate, peers will debate the government's plans to re-join 35 EU policing and justice measures, including the European Arrest Warrant (EAW).

    The motion was approved by the House of Commons last week, but there was a huge row over the government's handling of the vote, after ministers were accused of breaking a promise for a vote on the warrant itself; it resulted in the debate being cut short.

    Non-affiliated peer Lord Boswell of Aynho has put down a motion of regret, which is a way of expressing criticism or concern about certain regulations or statutory instruments, without challenging them directly.

  144. Lords statement

    There'll be a repeat of David Cameron's oral statement on the G20 by Lords Leader Baroness Stowell of Beeston; she'll also be taking peers' questions on the subject for about 10 minutes.

  145. Two statements

    There will be two statements in the House of Commons today.

    Environment Secretary Liz Truss will deliver a statement on avian flu, after the disease was detected in the UK for the first time in six years.

    A case of bird flu, as it is known, has been confirmed at a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire. The exact strain has not been confirmed but the H5N1 form, deadly to humans, has been ruled out.

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the risk to public health was very low. Some 6,000 birds will be culled and a 10km (six mile) exclusion zone is in place.

    But before that David Cameron will update the House on developments from the most recent G20 summit.

  146. Anti-slavery measures

    The day's main business in the Lords is dedicated to a debate on the general principles of the Modern Slavery Bill, which contains a package of measures designed to tackle human trafficking.

    The bill proposes to increase the maximum custodial sentences for offenders from 14 years to life and to create a post of anti-slavery commissioner to hold law enforcement and other organisations to account.

  147. Lords agenda

    It's also a 14.30 GMT start over in the House of Lords, where peers will begin their day posing questions to government ministers.

    A range of topics are on the agenda, including HIV, the projected NHS "funding gap" in England, cold calls and protecting children from alcohol harm.

  148. Good afternoon

    Hello and welcome to today's rolling coverage of the day's events in Parliament as they happen.

    Business begins in the Commons at 14.30 GMT, with questions to the Home Secretary Theresa May and her ministerial team.

    Following that, Conservative MP John Baron has been granted an urgent question on recruitment to the army reserve after Ministry of Defence figures showed that the number of reservists rose by 400 (1.8%) over the past year.

    The figures have comes in the first year of a five-year project to increase reserves to offset the cutting of 20,000 soldiers from the regular forces.