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By Esther Webber and Sam Francis

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  1. End of business in the Lords

    House of Lords


    The Lords have finished the first day of committee stage on the Bus Services Bill and will return at 11am tomorrow for questions on: 

    • implications of the High Court’s ruling in R (Fox) v Secretary of State for Education 
    • the independent review of online secondary ticketing 
    • ensuring those with diabetes have adequate support to tackle obesity 
    • ensuring that constituency boundary revisions take full account of the electoral registers on 23 June.
  2. Buses 'vitally important' to national parks

    Bus Services Bill

    House of Lords


    Lord Judd introduces an amendment which would give national park authorities in England more involvement in the provision of bus services. 

    He says buses are "vitally importalnt for both residents and visitors to national parks" and lack of access was the main barrier to those wanting to make use of the national parks. 

  3. End of business in the Commons

    House of Commons


    The Commons winds up for the day, and will return at 9.30am tomorrow for questions to transport ministers. 

    After that, MPs will hear the business statement and take part in debates on the privatisation of the Land Registry and on bank branch closures.

  4. Peers resume Bus Services Bill

    Bus Services Bill

    House of Lords


    Following the dinner-break debate, peers resume committee-stage scrutiny of the Bus Services Bill

    The bill aims to give Local Transport Authorities (LTAs) with a wider set of tools to use to address inefficiencies in their local bus markets and to work with commercial bus operators to provide better local bus services for passengers. 

    The bill is also intended to make it easier for passengers to access information about routes, fares and timetables, and to ensure ticketing schemes meet passengers’ needs.

  5. Zero-hours contracts 'demonised'

    Question for short debate

    House of Lords


    Earl of Courtown

    Government spokesman the Earl of Courtown says zero-hours contracts have been "demonised due to wholly inappropriate use of zero-hours contracts by minority of employers" and there is room for them to fit "positively" in the UK's economic landscape.

  6. CPS confirm UK involved in rendition

    Adjournment debate

    Today's debate comes shortly after the first-ever confirmation that British officials were involved in CIA renditions and ministers were made aware of that fact.

    On 9 June, after years of secrecy a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) confirmed that UK officials were implicated in the 2004 kidnap, mistreatment and ‘rendition’ of two families to Gaddafi’s Libya.

    The CPS had been which had been considering whether to charge British officials for kidnapping and other offences in a rendition case for the best part of two years.  

    The victims included a pregnant woman and four children aged 12 and under. The CPS also noted that some “political authority” was sought for the operation.

    However, the CPS also claimed that there was “insufficient evidence” to bring charges against the lead suspect. 

  7. Has history misjudged the generals of World War I?

    MPs are continuing their debate on commemorating the Battle of the Somme. 

    Almost a million men from Britain and her Empire were killed during the First World War – a devastating statistic for which Britain’s wartime military leaders have borne the brunt of the blame.

    The stereotype is that the ordinary soldiers were lions led by donkeys – the donkeys being incompetent, uncaring generals, responsible for thousands of unnecessary death.

    But has history misjudged the generals of World War I?  

  8. Background: Zero-hours contract


    The number of workers on a zero-hours contract for their main job stood at 801,000 in late 2015, up by 104,000 from 2014, the Office for National Statistics said earlier this year.

    That meant 2.5% of the employed UK workforce was on such a contract.

    The 801,000 figure is the highest since the ONS began monitoring the number of zero-hours contracts.

    ONS statistician Nick Palmer said some of the rise could reflect greater recognition of "zero-hours" contracts.

    However, he added: "There's also nothing to suggest this form of employment is in decline."

    Read more.

  9. Zero-hours contracts debate

    Question for short debate

    House of Lords


    Baroness Quin

    Labour's Baroness Quin is opening a debate on zero-hours contracts. She begins by talking about the importance of ensuring that Brexit does not "undermine" workers' rights. 

    She wants to know what assessment the government has made of the effects of such contracts on an individual’s chances of gaining full-time salaried employment, and on specific sectors, both public and private, of the UK economy.

  10. Minister: Buses have part to play in improving air quality

    Bus Services Bill

    House of Lords


    Lord Ahmad

    Transport Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon acknowledges buses "have a huge part to play in solving some of the country's air quality problems" and it would be "beneficial" for low-emission technology to be used more widely.

    He says the bill as drafted does allow local authorities to take a judgement on vehicles'= specification, and the amendment proposed by Baroness Randerson would "tie their hands unnecessarily". 

  11. Call for buses to improve emission levels

    Bus Services Bill

    House of Lords


    Lib Dem Baroness Randerson introduces an amendment which would mean bus companies would have to meet "requirements as to the standard and type of vehicles to be used, taking account of emission levels".    

    She says it's "essential to reinforce the need to improve emission levels".

    She's backed up by Labour's Lord Whitty, who says he'd like to see it applied to older buses as well as new vehicles.

  12. Why was the first day of the Somme such a disaster?

    MPs are continuing their debate on commemorating the Battle of the Somme.

    The first day of the Battle of the Somme, in northern France, was the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army.

    On 1 July 1916, the British forces suffered 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 fatalities. They gained just three square miles of territory.

    But why? The BBC has put together an interactive guide to one of the most infamous days of World War I here.

  13. The First World War on the BBC

    Screen grab of BBC's coverage of World War One

    To commemorate the centenary of World War One the BBC has put together a season of programming.

    You can see all of the BBC's coverage here. 

  14. What's the Bus Services Bill all about?

    Bus Services Bill

    Mark D'Arcy

    Parliamentary Correspondent

    Peers have turned to the first day of detailed committee stage scrutiny of the Bus Services Bill - the first major legislation on buses since the deregulation of the 1980s. 

    Normally this stage of debate is devoted to probing and manoeuvre, setting up serious attempts to amend the bill at report stage, but the addition of highly-controversial proposals in Clause 21, that local authorities should be prevented awarding a bus contract to a municipal operator, might lead to a change in tactics. 

    There will also be pressure for stronger provision to cater for people with disabilities and for requirements for buses to use cleaner energy.  

  15. The Battle of the Somme

    Stretcher-bearers of the Salford Pals in No Man's Land, during the doomed attack on Thiepval on 1 July 1916
    Image caption: Picture from a drama documentary, The Somme: From Defeat to Victory

    The battle of the Somme, fought in Northern France, was one of the bloodiest of World War I - in total there were one million casualties.

    • It began on 1 July 1916 and was fought along a 15-mile front near the River Somme in northern France 
    • 19,240 British soldiers died on the first day - the bloodiest day in the history of the British army
    • The British captured just three square miles of territory on the first day 
    • At the end of hostilities, five months later, the British had advanced just seven miles and failed to break the German defence 
    • In total, there were over a million dead and wounded on all sides, including 420,000 British, about 200,000 from France and an estimated 465,000 from Germany
  16. Remembering the Battle of the Somme

    House of Commons


    MPs are now debating a Backbench Business debate on the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

    Andrew Murrison is leading the debate. 

  17. 'Recognise it won't be plain sailing' - minister

    Debate on the UK economy

    House of Commons


    Greg Hands, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, welcomes Labour's Rebecca Long Bailey to her new job and wishes her well in what could be a turbulent time ahead.

    He says the Conservative government have "fixed the roof for storms ahead". "We all recognise it won't be plain sailing," he says, but the economy is best-prepared for what comes.

    He tells MPs that the markets are functioning and the Bank of England stress test has shown positive results. 

    The authorities have all the necessary tools in place to provide stability, have the tools necessary and will not hesitate to take the steps required, he says.

    And he affirms that things will not change overnight - work, travel and business will remain unaffected at present. The prime minister's successor will have the time to make adjustment to economic policy needed, before the steps to leave the EU begin.

    "Now is the time to heal divisions in the country and in our communities," he says.