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Summary

  1. European Scrutiny Committee questions UK's ambassador to EU
  2. Justine Greening takes question in Commons
  3. Urgent question on George Osborne's job as editor of Evening Standard
  4. Prisons and Courts Bill debated
  5. Lords meet at 2.30pm for questions
  6. Digital Economy Bill in Lords this afternoon

Live Reporting

By Esther Webber and Claire Gould

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night!

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    That's where we're leaving our online coverage for today. The Commons returns tomorrow at 11.30am for questions to health ministers, and the Lords will be back at 2.30pm tomorrow. 

  2. BreakingGovernment defeated on age verification plans

    Digital Economy Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The government suffers a second defeat as peers vote 179 to 159 for a Labour amendment requiring assessment of porn age checks introduced by the bill 18 months after they come into force.

  3. BreakingGovernment defeated over online child protection measures

    Digital Economy Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The government is defeated as peers vote 203 to 176 for a Labour amendment placing a duty of care to children on social media companies.

  4. Peers vote on code of practice on social media

    Digital Economy Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Labour forces a vote on their amendment which would establish a code of practice for commercial social media platform providers on online abuse that must include a duty of care on ISPs and social media to ensure the safety of a child or young person.

  5. Minister resists statutory code of practice on social media

    Digital Economy Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Ashton

    Culture, Media and Sport Minister Lord Ashton says the UK is "leading the way on online safety" and it's a "firm priority" for the government. 

    He says an overarching duty of care on social media companies to users would be a step "too far" and it's unclear how it would be measured or enforced. 

  6. Online protection should not just be for children - Lib Dems

    Digital Economy Bill

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    Lib Dem Baroness Janke lends support to Labour's amendment, adding that the code of practice should extend beyond children.  

    There are many people from minority groups who are subjected to "vile abuse", she says. 

  7. Social media sites 'need to be reined in'

    Digital Economy Bill

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    Jones

    Labour spokesperson Baroness Jones of Whitchurch introduces an amendment which would establish a code of practice for commercial social media platform providers on online abuse that must include a duty of care on ISPs and social media to ensure safety of a child or young person.

    It would also bring in an obligation to inform police if notified that content on social media site contravenes existing legislation.

    "The case to rein in social media sites is compelling," she says. 

  8. Peers reject privacy safeguards for age verification

    Digital Economy Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers vote 199 to 74 to reject a Lib Dem amendment which would require the age verification regulator to publish a code of practice in order to ensure that the privacy of users is protected.     

  9. Peers vote on privacy safeguards for age verification

    Digital Economy Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lib Dem Lord Pannick says he wants to test the opinion of the House on his amendment which would require the age verification regulator to publish a code of practice in order to ensure that the privacy of users is protected.   

  10. Age verification regulator will be guided on privacy - minister

    Digital Economy Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Culture, Media and Sport Minister Lord Ashton of Hyde tells peers the government shares an "absolute desire for anonymity" in the process of verifying whether pornography users are over 18. 

    But he says the amendment isn't needed as the government has already introduced powers for the secretary of state to issue guidance to the regulator on privacy, and giving them further responsibilities would "duplicate" the role of the Information Commissioner's Office. 

  11. Lib Dems seek privacy safeguards on age verification

    Digital Economy Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lib Dem Lord Pannick introduces an amendment that would require the age verification regulator to publish a code of practice in order to ensure that the privacy of users is protected. 

  12. Peers reject review of definition of pornography

    Digital Economy Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers have voted by 176 votes to 46 to reject amendment 25YD on reviewing the definition of extreme pornography.

  13. Peers vote on reviewing definitions of pornography

    Digital Economy Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers are now voting on an amendment tabled by crossbench peer Baroness Butler-Sloss.

    Amendment 25YD seeks to insert a new clause on the definition of extreme pornography and requires the secretary of state to review the definition of extreme pornography after three years.

    Baroness Butler-Sloss says the existing law is a "mess" and needs proper review.

  14. Peers reject Labour amendment

    Digital Economy Bill

    House of Lords

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    Peers have voted to reject Labour's amendment on the role of the British Board of Film Classification by 209 votes to 155, a majority for the government of 54.

  15. Bill has the right principles

    Prisons and Courts Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Bob Neill

    Chair of the Justice Committee, Bob Neill is now speaking on the Prisons and Courts Bill.

    He says there need to be more "robust" alternatives to custody so that the numbers of people in prison can be reduced.

    He says he believes the bill has "the right overarching principles".

    Mr Neill welcomes the fact that the bill will ensure there is always a response from government to reports of prison inspectors.

  16. Peers vote on role of the BBFC

    Digital Economy Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Baroness Jones

    Speaking in support of her amendment 25P, during report stage debate of the Digital Economy Bill, shadow spokesperson Baroness Jones says she doubts the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has the staff or resources to expand its role on age verification of content and enforcement.

    She does not accept the government's reassurances and says there isn't sufficient oversight of the BBFC to carry out both verification and enforcement work.

    Amendment 25P stipulates that the secretary of state cannot appoint the same persons to carry out both verification of age and enforcement actions.

  17. Labour will support bill but looks for changes

    Prisons and Courts Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The shadow justice secretary says Labour endorses attempts to modernise and streamline the way the courts operate.

    He cautions that legal bodies have warned against relying completely on online courts for certain offences, and that Labour will call for regular reviews of the operation of online justice.

    Labour "laments" what the bill lacks, says Mr Burgon in closing, although Labour will not oppose the bill at second reading.

  18. Labour claims prisons 'crisis' is due to cuts

    Prisons and Courts Bill

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    Richard Burgon

    Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon welcomes the general thrust of the bill, but notes Labour will be seeking improvements. 

    He says Liz Truss' time as justice secretary has been "dominated from day one by the crisis in our prisons", observing it's not her fault but has been driven by the "cuts agenda" and the "disastrous decision" to outsource probation services. 

  19. Recorded rape testimony will alleviate victims 'trauma'

    Prisons and Courts Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Truss

    Justice Secretary Liz Truss goes on to introduce plans to allow alleged rape victims to avoid cross-examination in front of the accused.

    Victims of sexual assault will be able to pre-record their testimony from September.

    "It will spare them from the trauma of giving evidence," she says.