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Ben Butcher and Claire Gould

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  1. And with that...

    ...we're going to leave the House of Commons. You can continue to watch the last of the adjournment debate using the live stream above.

    Join us tomorrow as we cover PMQs, the Bus Services Bill in the Commons - and full coverage of the Lords as they debate the Brexit bill at committee stage.

    See you then.

  2. Adjournment debate on rationing surgery

    Adjournment Debate

    House of Commons



    Labour's Rachael Maskell's adjournment debate is on rationing of surgery in York. 

    She is referring to plans by NHS Vale of York to delay routine surgery for smokers or obese people. 

    The restrictions by the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group mean overweight patients will have to lose 10% of body weight before surgery.

  3. MPs back a series of estimates

    Estimates day

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    All four estimates day debates from Monday and Tuesday receive the support of MPs.

    Estimates relating to armed forces numbers are also supported.

  4. Government 'prioritising sustainability of pension provision'

    Intergenerational Fairness

    House of Commons


    Richard Harrington

    Work and Pensions Minister Richard Harrington says there are "still far too many pensioners living in poverty".

    He says the government will not be complacent on the issue, ensuring that the 'triple lock' will stay for the remainder of this government. 

    The government is "prioritising the sustainability of pension provision" in the country. 

    This includes supporting reviews of auto-enrollment, which he commends the Labour government for. 

    He adds that the government is committed to innovation and productivity, which in turn benefits living standards and pay as part of their broader economic policy. 

  5. Abrahams: there should be no 'trade off' between generations

    Intergenerational Fairness

    House of Commons


    Debbie Abrahams

    Shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams says we mustn't "trade-off the inequality of one generation against the poverty of another."

    Labour is committed to maintaining the triple-lock post-2020 to ensure future generations benefit from state pensions. 

    For younger generations, she calls for a "real living wage" which will help real wages grow in a time they appear to be stagnating against inflation and the growing cost of living. 

    She argues that the idea that work is the way out of poverty is not necessarily true when jobs do not pay enough to do so. 

    She also calls for an increase auto-enrollment into savings. She says it is a "testament to the former Labour government" that 10 million extra people are saving under the system, but says there are still issues.

  6. SNP: Need for more 'inclusive growth' so 'everybody benefits'

    Intergenerational Fairness

    House of Commons


    SNP's Kirsty Blackman says there needs to be more "inclusive growth".

    This means, she says, "you sit and work out how to grow the economy so everybody benefits".

    To do so, you need to ensure that there is more even demographic growth, whether through immigration or more childbirth. 

    She adds: "You should not take away things away from people who are currently pensioner," but rather ensure there is even distribution of wealth. 

  7. McCabe: triple lock system 'is unsustainable'

    Intergenerational Fairness

    House of Commons


    Steve McCabe

    Labour's Steve McCabe says he doesn't want a "false bidding war" on what can be offered to pensioners, saying the "triple lock is unsustainable".

    It demands an ever-greater share of GDP and creates a trade-off, meaning the retirement age will have to increase. 

    He asks what can be done to encourage young people to invest early in their pensions pot. 

    He also says that those paying mortgages can be paying half those who are renting, saying that the housing market is another way younger generations can see the system stacked against them.

  8. Penrose: UK needs to move away from pay-as-you-go system

    Intergenerational Fairness

    House of Commons


    Conservative MP John Penrose says society needs to be "honest with ourselves about the size of the burden we are placing on future generations"

    He says we must change the pay-as-you-go system to a fully funded system. 

    He say this must be done slowly, but is the only way to ensure intergenerational fairness for future generations. 

  9. Pensions triple-lock 'must be retained'

    Intergenerational Fairness

    House of Commons


    Marion Fellows

    SNP's Marion Fellows says that the system is not "skewed in the favour" of baby-boomers, saying they have paid their share to be entitled to pensions. 

    She says pensions should not be seen as a benefit, as everyone contributes to it. It should be seen as an earning. 

    She says the triple-lock "must be retained" post-2020 to ensure fairness for younger generations. Any state pension linked to earnings only will be detrimental.

  10. Older generation have it better in many ways

    Intergenerational Fairness

    House of Commons


    Continuing on, the Work and Pensions committee chair Frank Field launches the committee's report on intergenerational fairness. 

    Citing issues with pensions and retirement ages, he acknowledges current generation of people in or approaching retirement will have enjoyed  much more housing and financial wealth, public service usage, and welfare and pension entitlements than more recent generations can hope to receive.

  11. Field: BHS payment will 'bring justice to BHS workers'

    Intergenerational Fairness

    House of Commons


    Frank Field

    Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee Frank Field begins the new debate on intergenerational fairness by saying the announcement that former BHS owner Sir Philip Green will pay £365m to the company's pension fund will help "bring justice to BHS workers but also to pensioners."

    He says it shows that when committees work together - in this case the Work and Pensions Committee and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee - work can be done more effectively. 

    He says the HMRC and Serious Fraud Office had shown they had taken the situation seriously in a far more productive way than simply of the "sacramental" move of removing his knighthood, as some of the press had called for. 

    There was an estimated £571m hole in the BHS pension covering all future payouts, which a pension regulator said Sir Philip Green was liable for. 

  12. Johnson: UK 'will build on strengths' for productivity

    Productivity Plan

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    Jo Johnson

    Science and Universities Minister Jo Johnson says Britain will be "flexible" and "ready" in regards to developing productivity. 

    He says that the government is investing £22bn in productivity into projects, including transport and digital infrastructure. 

    The UK will "build on our strengths and extend on our future," he says, in reference to the extra £4.2bn infrastructure spending promised in the Autumn Statement. 

    He says the UK knows its weaknesses, but also knows the right way to build on them.

  13. Onwurah: government must do more to 'empower' workers

    Productivity Plan

    House of Commons


    Chi Onwurah

    Shadow business, energy and industry minister Chi Onwurah says "high productivity is collated with high wages and high skills", but the government has failed on this. 

    Productivity has increased by just 0.4% a year since 2010. 

    She suggests the UK does not do enough to "empower" workers, which in turn means workers are less productive. 

    She urges the government to "invest in people" and technology, using the opportunities to train people in new skills. 

    She also insists that certain sectors and their employees should not be "left in the cold" in regards to research and development funding, including retail. 

    Labour, she says, is committed to spending £250bn in capital in 10 years and, as part of this, creating a national development bank for productivity projects. 

  14. Labour MP challenges Chancellor over northern funding post-Brexit

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    Video caption: Labour MP Alison McGovern challenges Chancellor Philip Hammond over northern funding post-Brexit. He says the government's industrial strategy paper shows commitment to infrastructure investment.
  15. Security Commissioner's priority is resilience against terrorism

    Home Affairs Committee

    Select Committee


    Sir Julian King

    Chair Yvette Cooper closes the session with a final question, asking Sir Julian what he most worried about.

    Sir Julian says the "twin threats" from terrorism and cyber security are what concerns him most.

    "The terrorist threat is very high and doesn't show any sign of reducing," he says, and it affects of all of the EU.

    He says the EU is building resiliance against attacks, and to deal with the aftermath "if the worst happens".

    He says reinforcing Frontex to assist Italy and Greece in assessing who is entering the EU is key to this resiliance work, and that the EU is working on an entry and exit check system to track citizens of all third countries.

    Ms Cooper thanks Sir Julian for his evidence and closes the session.