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Summary

  1. Communities questions start day in Commons
  2. Urgent question on air quality strategy
  3. Motion on business of the Commons this week
  4. Main business is Northern Ireland bill
  5. Peers meet for questions to government ministers
  6. Next Lords considering orders and regulations
  7. Motion to approve government's economic assessment, as required under EU law
  8. Debate on race in the workplace

Live Reporting

By Aiden James, Kate Whannel and Esther Webber

All times stated are UK

  1. End of business in the Commons

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The adjournment debate wraps up, and the Commons adjourns. 

    MPs return tomorrow at 11.30am for justice questions. 

  2. Minister assures MPs monkeys are protected

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Environment Minister George Eustice says regardless of specie, the failure to provide for an animal's welfare is against the law.

    Anyone mistreating their monkey could go to jail for six months under existing laws, he tells MPs. 

  3. Keeping monkeys as pets compared to torture

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Drax

    Conservative Richard Drax opens his debate on keeping primates as pets.

    He tells MPs that 66 species of monkey can be bought as easily as a goldfish in a plastic bag and that keeping them in captivity is a type of "torture". 

    He calls for a requirement for private owners to meet the same standards as zoos. 

  4. MPs approve fresh attempt at Stormont deal

    Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    MPs then approve remaining stages of the bill, which has been fast-tracked in time for dissolution.   

  5. 'We do not want to see direct rule' - minister

    Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Winding up second reading, Northern Ireland Minister Kris Hopkins stresses that nobody wants to see direct rule from Westminster. 

    "We want local politicians who've been given a mandate to take responsibility" and do their jobs on behalf of "hard-working people", he says.  

  6. 'Leave no stone unturned' in bid to restore Stormont

    Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    McDonnell

    The SDLP's Alasdair McDonnell says he's "saddened by the impasse" affecting Northern Ireland, which he warns is undermining trust in institutions. 

    "We must leave no stone unturned" in the effort to reach a solution, he advises. 

  7. MP highlights impact of Northern Ireland budget stalemate

    Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The UUP's Danny Kinahan tells the House that in the absence of an executive to set budgets, "the most vulnerable are always those who pay the price".

    He says schools do not have the ability to plan ahead but are operating on the basis of "guesswork". 

    Stormont's finances have been controlled by a senior civil servant since the start of the financial year due to there being no executive.

  8. What does the bill do?

    Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Stormont

    The Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill allows the government a fresh attempt to restore devolved government at Stormont.

    Parties in Northern Ireland are currently trying to reach a power-sharing agreement following the resignation of the late deputy first minister Martin McGuinness following the renewable heating incentive scandal

    Under existing legislation it is not possible for an executive to be formed on the basis of the March 2017 election, even if an agreement were reached. 

    A new election would be needed, or a change to the Northern Ireland Act 1998. 

    The Bill therefore provides for the possibility that the ongoing negotiations bear fruit, by changing the effect of the 1998 Act in this instance to provide interim arrangements.

    Without an executive to set the regional rate, rate bills cannot be issued and revenue cannot be collected. The bill addresses this by setting a regional rate itself.

  9. An early finish for peers

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The House of Lords adjourns at an early hour for a Monday.

    Peers meet again from 2:30pm on Tuesday for questions, before getting stuck into some parliamentary ping-pong as bills pass between Commons and Lords until agreement is reached on their contents.

    We are in a period known as the "wash up", a process of trying to get legislation through its remaining stages before Parliament dissolves for the general election campaign.

    Peers will consider whether to accept or reject Commons amendments to the Technical and Further Education Bill, the Neighbourhood Planning Bill and the Bus Services Bill.

    They will also consider the remaining stages of the Criminal Finances Bill and take part in a short debate on support for the steel industry.

  10. MP brands DUP 'veto-holic'

    Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Mark Durkan

    The SDLP's Mark Durkan says the DUP accuses Sinn Fein of over-use of vetos when it is "the most veto-holic of all the parties we have seen".

    He describes the bill as "ephemeral" in that it simply resets the timeline for reaching a power-sharing deal, adding that he regrets it has been necessary. 

  11. 'We pick people like us for jobs' - minister

    Race in the workplace report

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Prior of Brampton

    Business Minister Lord Prior of Brampton says Baroness McGregor-Smith has produced an "excellent" report.

    "The moral case is obvious, the economic case is a no-brainer," he says. "But if it is a no-brainer, why is progress so slow?"

    "We have a deep, subconscious stereotype of what different people are like," he claims.

    "Xenophobia has deep evolutionary roots," he says, adding: "Today, interview selection and promotion processes in the workplace are the modern setting.

    "We pick people like us. We pick people who will fit in... white, male, and people who want to play rugby at weekends".

    He insists that the government is "impatient to change the status quo" and calls discrimination "a moral outrage". 

    However, ministers are not considering legislation at this stage.

  12. DUP MP: Devolution should be up and running

    Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments) Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Sammy Wilson

    There is no reason, argues the DUP's Sammy Wilson why devolution in Northern Ireland should not be "up and running".

    "People were elected, they have a mandate," he says and blames Sinn Féin for preventing the Northern Ireland Assembly from functioning.

    He urges Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire to make clear to Sinn Féin that the consequence of "not getting the assembly up and running" is that decisions will be made in Westminster.

    He also attacks Owen Paterson for his suggestion that MLAs should not be paid if Stormont is not sitting.

    "They are not lying at home watching TV," Mr Wilson says. "He should know better."

  13. Labour peer attacks government's 'poor' response

    Race in the workplace report

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Replying to the debate for Labour, Lord Stevenson of Balmacara accuses the government of producing a "very, very poor response" to what he calls a "very valuable report".

    "Can the government explain why it thinks a voluntary approach is the right way to do this?" the shadow business spokesman asks.

  14. Lib Dem peer: It takes a threat, not encouragement

    Race in the workplace report

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The Liberal Democrats' equalities spokewoman, Baroness Burt of Solihull, says she was "quite shocked" by the level of ethnic minority participation in the workforce.

    She describes it as a "loss of energy and talent that could be harnessed".

    Calling for action, including legislation if necessary, she argues: "It takes more than common sense sometimes for companies to act in their own best interests. It takes a threat."

    However, she laments that "the strongest language" in the government's response to the report is "encourage".

  15. Paterson: NI politicians should lose public money

    Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments) Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Owen Paterson

    Former Northern Ireland secretary and Conservative MP Owen Paterson expresses exasperation at the current situation. 

    He argues that if local politicians "don't come to their senses by 29th June" they (and their staff) should no longer receive public money.

    He adds that Stormont costs £1m a month in salary and expenses.

  16. The report's 'case for action'

    Race in the workplace report

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The summary of Baroness McGregor-Smith's report sets out what it calls "the case for action".

    It reads: "In 2015, one in eight of the working age population were from a BME (black and minority ethnic) background, yet BME individuals make up only 10% of the workforce and hold only 6% of top management positions.

    "The employment rate for ethnic minorities is only 62.8% compared with an employment rate for white workers of 75.6% – a gap of over 12 percentage points."

    It adds: "All BME groups are more likely to be overqualified than white ethnic groups but white employees are more likely to be promoted than all other groups."

    You can access the report and the government's response here.

  17. 'Is one murder not worth more than the RHI scandal?'

    Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments) Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    SDLP MP Alasdair McDonnell says he doesn't want to defend Sinn Féin but argues that the current political situation was triggered by the Renewable Heat Initiative scandal and a "serious issue of confidence" that needed to be dealt with.

    Laurence Robertson replies that RHI is not "a big enough issue" to bring down the institutions in Northern Ireland.

    DUP Jeffrey Donaldson accuses the SDLP of failing to challenge Sinn Féin over a "brutal murder of a young man by members of the IRA".

    Is one murder not worth more than the RHI scandal? he asks.

  18. Robertson: People will choose direct rule over chaos

    Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments) Bill

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Laurence Robertson

    Chair of the Northern Ireland Committee Laurence Robertson expresses concern that political instability is putting off companies who might otherwise choose to invest in Northern Ireland.

    Most people don't want to see direct rule, he says, but argues that if the alternative is "chaos" people will chose the former.

    He says that is ironic that the party opposed to direct rule (ie Sinn Féin) will be responsible for bringing it about.