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Summary

  1. Questions to Brexit ministers
  2. Business Statement outlines forthcoming debates
  3. MPs continue Budget debate
  4. Peers question government ministers
  5. Main business Criminal Finances Bill
  6. Public Accounts Committee looking at access to GPs

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By Kate Whannel and Esther Webber

All times stated are UK

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  1. End of business in the Lords

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    The House of Lords has adjourned for the day. 

    Peers return tomorrow at 10am for private members' bills, starting with second reading of the Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence Bill.

  2. Government 'taking BME employment very seriously'

    International Women's Day

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Baroness Vere

    Winding up for the government, Baroness Vere of Norbiton picks up comments made earlier by Labour's Baroness Howells on "double discrimination" faced by black women. 

    She says ministers are "taking BME [black and minority ethnic] employment very seriously", particularly that of black women.

    She points to the McGregor-Smith review and the government's undertaking to set up a Business Diversity and Inclusion Group.

  3. Commons adjourns

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    House of Commons

    And that ends the day in the House of Commons.

    There is no business tomorrow so MPs will be back at 2:30pm on Monday for defence questions.

  4. Bed occupancy has been close to 35% - minister

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Philip Dunne

    Health Minister Philip Dunne notes that bed occupancy in the ward has fallen from 66% to 49% in the last few years.

    At times it has been closer to 35%, he adds.

    He suggests that the community hospital is seeing the success of long term care packages which allow people to stay at home rather than being kept in the hospital.

    However, he concludes that these decisions are best taken at a local level.

    He says the MP can be comforted by the fact the the Trust in Northumberland has coped with increased demand "remarkably well".

  5. Conservative MP argues against ward closure

    Adjournment debate

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    Anne-Marie Trevelyan

    Conservative Anne-Marie Trevelyan tells MPs that her local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has temporarily closed the inpatient ward because of lack of use.

    Anne Marie Trevelyan argues that closing the ward permanently will mean older patients are sent home.

    She says that there are not enough community nurses to support them back to independent living

  6. Children's TV presenter issues porn warning

    International Women's Day debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Baroness Benjamin

    Lib Dem and former TV presenter Baroness Benjamin says although pornography has been around for a long time, it's becoming more commonplace and influences how girls see themselves. 

    Porn encourages boys to see their role in sex as "violent and dominant", she argues, and "we need less porn and more education". 

  7. Adjournment debate begins

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Hospital bed

    The Budget debate comes to an end for the day - it will return on Monday.

    Conservative Anne-Marie Trevelyan now gets to her feet to begin her adjournment debate on Rothbury Community Hospital.

    There are plans to permanently shut the 12-bed inpatient ward at Rothbury Community Hospital in Northumberland.

    Residents say the area has a high proportion of vulnerable, older people who need local hospital beds.

    NHS managers argue that the facility is under-used and want to replace it with a health and wellbeing centre.

  8. 'The majority will be better off' - minister

    Budget debate

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    Parliament

    Jane Ellison

    Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jane Ellison responds to the debate.

    On National Insurance, she quotes Labour's Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams  "one of the principles [of Labour's self-employment commission] is that self employment National Insurance contributions should rise towards employee level."

    Deputy speaker Eleanor Laing has to intervenes as things get a bit noisy.

    "They don't like it up 'em," suggests the minister. 

    She argues that under the new changes "the majority will be better off".

  9. Surrey Council to receive more social care money, says Barbara Keeley

    Budget debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Barbara Keeley

    Shadow social care minister Barbara Keeley focuses much of her response to the debate on the accusations that Surrey County Council received a deal on social care in exchange for calling off a referendum on tax rises.

    Looking at the allocation of the £2bn the Chancellor announced yesterday for social care, Barbara Keeley notes that next year Surrey Council is one of only six councils whose allocation will increase.

    She further notes that whereas the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid met the leader of Surrey Council six times in recent months, he has not had time to meet Hull Council leaders.

    That is very worrying, she says.

  10. Government still paying for unsuccessful Brexit appeal

    Esther Webber

    BBC News

    Gina Miller outside the Supreme Court
    Image caption: Gina Miller outside the Supreme Court

    Although the Article 50 bill is in its final stages, it seems the government has not yet finished paying the legal costs of challenging the ruling that Parliament had to be consulted.

    Labour MP Gloria de Piero tabled a written question asking when ministers will confirm the cost of the Supreme Court appeal of the Brexit court case decision.

    Brexit Minister Robin Walker replied:

    Quote Message: The department has not been billed for all costs related to the case. Details of the total costs associated with the case, including the costs of the Supreme Court appeal, will be published in due course after they have been settled.
  11. 'What socialism is all about'

    Budget debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Stewart Jackson

    Conservative Stewart Jackson suggests that it is ironic for the Labour party to paint itself as "the friend of the entrepreneur".

    He argues that changes to National Insurance is about "fairness and simplification of the tax system". 

    He questions Labour's opposition to grammar schools and accuses the party of seeking to "share the level of misery amongst everyone".

    "That is what socialism is all about."

  12. Government is in 'blind ideological pursuit'

    Budget debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Seema Malhotra

    Labour's Seema Malhotra accuses the government of being in "blind ideological pursuit" of grammar schools.

    She tells MPs that the National Audit Office said £6.7bn would be needed to bring schools "up to standard".

    Ministers, she says, are instead choosing to spend millions on funding new free schools while "existing schools crumble into disrepair".

  13. Baroness Brady on Brexit

    International Women's Day debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

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    Conservative Baroness Brady says business leaders are "rightly concerned" about Brexit and "top female talent" may be their best insurance as they seek to ensure they have the right skills. 

  14. A dedicated NHS and care tax?

    Brexit debate

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    Parliament

    The budget was inadequate for social care, says Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb, "but it was disastrous for the NHS".

    He notes that there is a 1% increase in funding for the NHS in 2017-18, but adds that this is accompanied by an increase in demand of 4%.

    "Wherever you are on the political spectrum, that makes no sense at all", he adds. 

    He suggests that there is "growing interest" in establishing a dedicated NHS and care tax. 

  15. Baroness Howells: Black women suffer double discrimination

    International Women's Day debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Howells

    Labour's Baroness Howells of St Davids focuses her remarks on the situation of black women, whom she says face "double discrimination". 

    She pays tribute to immigrants to the UK who have started businesses, including hairdressers, noting that coming into a cold country with Afro-Caribbean hair means "you gotta lot of work to do".  false

  16. Streeting: Labour needs to do its job

    Brexit debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Wes Streeting

    Labour's Wes Streeting attacks the Conservatives for not understanding "the need to balance spending cuts with investment for growth".

    He accuses the government of damaging both the private and public sector in addition to "botching Brexit".

    "It is long past time that the Labour Party took this thing apart. That's the job we need to face up to, and we need to start doing it now." 

  17. 'In this one respect, we are lagging far, far behind'

    International Women's Day

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Baroness Barker

    Lib Dem Baroness Barker is using her speech to talk about transgender women's rights in the UK.

    "There's a country where one group of women are allowed to be recognised legally, only if they can prove their identity to the satisfaction of a psychiatrist, for at least two years...there's a country where women can have their legal identity denied indefinitely by a spouse...there's a country where some women, in order to obtain legal recognition, have to make an application to a panel which meets in secret, whose composition is never revealed, and when a decision is made, there's no right of appeal," she says.

    "We have done a tremendous amount in this country, in order to lead the world in equalities legislation, but in this one respect, we are lagging far, far behind," she finishes.

  18. 'We must shout out for women who cannot shout out for themselves'

    International Women's Day

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Baroness Prosser

    "We must shout out for women who cannot shout out for themselves."

    Baroness Prosser on the Labour benches references how lucky women in the UK are. She says across the world many women may not protest, and many may not even leave the house without a male escort. 

    "It is a proven point, that decisions made by both women and men, generally lead to the most sustainable and effective outcomes," she adds, talking about UN resolutions for women and girls.