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Summary

  1. Brexit Committee questions Sadiq Khan
  2. MPs in Commons chamber question business ministers
  3. PM reports on EU summit
  4. Budget debate concludes
  5. Peers meet at 2.30pm for questions
  6. Lords then look at Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill and debate Budget

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By Kate Whannel, Esther Webber and Ben Butcher

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good Night!

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    House of Lords adjourn

    And that concludes the day in the House of Lords.

    Peers return tomorrow at 3:00pm for oral questions followed by debate of two bills - the Neighbourhood Planning Bill and the Higher Education and Research Bill. 

    Join us then.

  2. There is 'unacceptable variation' says minister

    End of life care debate

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    Lord O'Shaughnessy

    Health Minister Lord O'Shaughnessy agrees with peers that there is too much "unacceptable variation" in the provision of end of life care.

    He tells the House that all NHS Trusts that have a poor record on palliative care are visited by NHS Improvement.

    He also says that the training standards for care workers are being changed to encourage "honest conversations and personalised care".

    He recalls reading Albert Camus' A Happy Death in his teenage years and adds that although he is no longer an existentialist, a happy death is what we all want to achieve.

  3. Wheeler: Better out of hours care needed

    End of life care debate

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    Baroness Wheeler

    Shadow health minister Baroness Wheeler says good palliative care needs increasing out of hours care.

    She also calls for closer working between the NHS, social care and voluntary services.

    Some STPs don't fully recognise the importance of third parties, she adds.

  4. How can the worst learn from the best asks peer

    End of life care debate

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    Baroness Walmsley

    Lib Dem spokeswoman Baroness Walmsley says there are wide variations in the quality of palliative care.

    She notes that some medical students only get one day of end of life care, whereas others get three weeks. 

    She asks the minister how those areas that perform badly can learn from the best.

  5. Meacher: A culture change is needed

    End of life care debate

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    Baroness Meacher

    Crossbencher Baroness Meacher calls for "a real culture change" towards patient choice which "involves planning ahead".

    She notes that patients are often only given their options if they bring up the subject themselves.

    She expresses disappointment that "only a minority" of STPs have laid out clear plans on improving end of life care and hopes that NHS England will ensure such plans are revised.

  6. 'A quality death'

    End of life care debate

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    Corssbencher Lord Carlile of Berriew says he has witnessed "a quality death" of someone he loved. 

    He tells peers that the experience can be "as profound an event as witnessing the birth of a child".

    However he says that for a death to be of good quality, end of life care is essential. 

  7. Approach to end of life care 'looks grim'

    End of life care debate

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    Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

    Crossbencher Baroness Finlay of Llandaff opens the debate.

    Death is inevitable, she says adding that people need to be involved in discussions about their care.

    She welcomes the commitments from the government but regrets that they have not provided the £130m for end of life care that was recommended.

    She also expresses concern that the early analysis of Sustainability and Transformation Plans' (STPs) approaches to end of life care "looks grim".

    She notes that almost half make no mention of palliative care.

  8. End of life care debate begins

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    Elder;y hand

    The debate on the budget concludes and peers move on to a debate on implementing the undertakings made in Our Commitments to you for end of life care: The Government Response to the Review of Choice in End of Life Care .

    The report sets out six government commitments to help those in end of life care to:

    • Have honest discussions with care professionals about their needs and preferences
    • Make informed choices about their care
    • Develop and document a personalised care plan
    • Discuss their personalised care plans with care professionals
    • Involve their family, carers and those important to them in all aspects of their care as much as they want
    • Know who to contact for help and advice at any time.
  9. 'A prudent and fair budget'

    Budget debate

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    Baroness Neville-Rolfe

    Commercial Secretary Baroness Neville-Rolfe says the Budget "safeguards the economy" and ensure there is "headroom" to respond to global uncertainty.

    She says extra funding will help social care which she describes as "a system clearly under pressure".

    The government is also looking at the long term solutions, she says, including how to tax the digital economy and a fairer way to implement business rates. 

    She concludes by describing the budget as "a prudent and fair" one.

  10. Davies: Prioritising austerity has cost the UK

    Budget debate

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    Lord Davies of Oldham

    Labour spokesman Lord Davies of Oldham regrets that "after all the sacrifices" there will be "another five years of austerity".

    "Making austerity a priority has cost the British people so much," he argues.

    What should have been prioritised, he suggests, is growing the economy, specifically improving productivity.

  11. Commons adjourns

    Adjournment debate

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    The energy minister Jesse Norman stresses that households struggling with their bills are eligible for insulation measures, including solid wall insulation, through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme. 

    Homeowners and those in privately rented homes who are on specific benefits may also be eligible for support towards heating improvements, including oil-fired boiler replacements, through ECO Affordable Warmth.

    The Commons returns tomorrow at 11.30am for Northern Ireland questions. 

  12. Kramer: Chancellor has been painted into a corner

    Budget debate

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    Baroness Kramer

    Lib Dem spokeswoman Baroness Kramer responds to the debate.

    She says that social care is in a state of near crisis and argues that £2bn might have been enough funding for one year but spreading the funding over three years does not meet this problem.

    She describes cuts to corporation tax and inheritance tax as "completely inappropriate" arguing that corporation tax does not change the behaviour of companies.

    Ultimately she says the budget had to be "limited, low risk and minimalist" because the chancellor has "been painted into a corner".

  13. MP highlights fuel poverty

    Adjournment debate

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    Conservative Paul Scully opens his adjournment debate highlighting the issue of fuel poverty. 

    He says there are around 600,000 households with no central heating. 

    Analysis carried out by the BBC last year suggests one in ten families in the UK face heating bills they cannot afford.

  14. MPs back alcoholic drinks duty rise

    Budget debate

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    MPs vote 313 to 276 in favour of a motion enabling the government to raise duties on certain alcoholic drinks.  

  15. Porter: Councils asked for more social care money than they needed

    Budget debate

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    Lord Porter of Spalding

    "I am really pleased that members of this House are not responsible for the Budget," begins Conservative Lord Porter of Spalding, who is chair of the Local Government Association.

    He criticises the government for failing to address housing and for not reversing the new homes bonus. 

    He welcomes the £2bn for social care, noting it is not far off what local councils ask for.

    He admits that councils were "probably asking for a bit more than we needed".

  16. MPs voting on alcoholic drinks duty rates

    Budget debate

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    MPs are voting on a motion enabling the government to raise duties on certain alcoholic drinks.

  17. MPs back insurance premium tax rise

    Budget debate

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    MPs vote 309 to 286 to back a motion on raising the insurance premium tax from 10% to 12% at the standard rate.  

  18. MPs vote on insurance premium tax rise

    Budget debate

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    MPs now divide to vote on raising the insurance premium tax from 10% to 12% at the standard rate.

  19. Peer proposes global tax system

    Budget debate

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    Lord Lupton

    Conservative Lord Lupton welcomes the increased use of "diverse channels" to fund businesses such as the enterprise investment scheme and the entrepreneurs relief. 

    He also welcomes investment in artificial investment - an area where he says the UK needs to capitalise on its leading status.

    Turning to taxing companies, "when they do grow" he proposes a global tax system fit for taxing multinational companies.