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  1. Environment questions at 9.30am
  2. Urgent question on contaminated blood
  3. Statement on Fox-Sky merger
  4. Business statement, laying out what's happening after recess
  5. Grenfell Tower statement
  6. Summer recess debate
  7. Peers ask government ministers questions; including a question on BBC pay
  8. Debates on island communities, Euratom and the Royal Brompton Hospital

Live Reporting

By Patrick Cowling and Richard Morris

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    And that's it for today. The Commons has adjourned - and MPs and peers now head off for summer recess.

    We bid you goodbye and hope you join us again from Tuesday 5 September, when Parliament returns.

    In the meantime, thank you for joining us.

  2. Outlining reforms

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons


    Philip Dunne

    Health Minister Philip Dunne is responding to Richard Drax.

    He says he is pleased that Mr Drax has recognised the excellent care the NHS provides.

    He references the Commonwealth Fund Survey which shows that the NHS is the best healthcare provider in the world.

    The minister says there will be an increase of £8bn in real terms for NHS funding by 2020-21.

    He says the proportion of the pay bill in the NHS towards managers has declined since 2010 from 6.5% to 5.8%, he says this money is now being spent on patient-facing services.

  3. House adjourns

    House of Lords


    The debate comes to an end and the House of Lords adjourns.

    Peers are now off for the summer, and will return on Tuesday 5 September.

    We wish their lordships a relaxing summer recess...

  4. Tory MP raises NHS concerns

    Adjournment debate

    House of Commons


    Richard Drax

    After some brief petitions given by Peter Bone, Tom Pursglove and Fiona Bruce, the House moves onto the adjournment debate.

    Conservative Richard Drax has tabled this debate on the future of the NHS.

    He opens by thanking all those who work for the NHS.

    He is keen to point out that this is not a criticism of the government's policy on the NHS, just "observations" he has made "from the front line".

    He comments, with concern, on the growing deficits around the country in NHS Trusts.

    He speaks with concern on mental health services in the NHS, and the internal market system introduced by John Major.

    "Clearly, the current situation is unsustainable in the long-term," he says.

  5. No final decision has been made - minister

    Royal Brompton

    House of Lords


    Baroness Chisholm

    Health Minister Baroness Chisholm responds to the debate and tells peers that no final decisions have yet been made and that "we need to see what the review says".

    She tells peers that the current review by NHS England is looking at how to take the good service across the country and turn it into "a truly great service" for the future.

    This is not about closing the Royal Brompton or stopping it as a provider of congenital heart disease services, she says.

  6. Closure 'a tragedy' say peers

    Royal Brompton hospital debate

    House of Lords


    The chamber is united this afternoon in its condemnation of the proposed closure of the congenital heart disease services at the Royal Brompton.

    Peers from across the House have variously described the proposals as "a very serious loss", "utterly astonishing", "shocking", "insulting", "highly risky" and "a tragedy".

    Shadow health spokesperson Lord Hunt of Kings Heath joins the discontented voices, and tells the minister that the public are owed a decision by government, but he says he expects that instead of this there will be another review to delay having to make a decision.

  7. 'Powerful' speeches

    Summer recess debate

    House of Commons


    Michael Ellis

    Michael Ellis, Deputy Leader of the House, is speaking of the many "powerful" speeches given during the afternoon's debate.

    He addresses each speech individually and chronologically, responding to concerns raised by MPs who have spoken.

    He takes the opportunity to thank parliamentary and constituency staff, as well as civil service staff.

    The Deputy Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, echoes his remarks on the summer recess.

  8. 'Not be yaa-boo, but can do'

    Summer recess debate

    House of Commons


    Karin Smyth

    Karin Smyth, shadow deputy leader of the House, is outlining how Brexit and the legislation that follows will be the "most significant change to legislation our country has seen in the past 40 years".

    She says MPs' duty in the Commons "should not be yaa-boo, but can do".

    She wishes everyone in the Commons, including the staff, a well-earned rest.

  9. Looking forward to his honeymoon...

    Summer recess debate

    House of Commons


    Kevin Foster

    Conservative Kevin Foster hails the government on its decision to move ahead with the school funding formula plans. He says that schools in his constituency are welcoming the news of guaranteed funding per student.

    Opening his speech, Mr Foster jokingly said that the speechwriter for the DUP's Jim Shannon must be looking forward to recess. Noticing that he isn't in the Chamber, Mr Foster says "he's probably busy writing his intervention for the adjournment debate".

    The MP is widely-known in Westminster for his assiduous contributions to debates.

    Mr Foster finishes by saying he is particularly looking forward to the summer recess as plans for his honeymoon were put on hold following his marriage on the 10 June, immediately after the general election.

    Referring to his wife, Mr Foster says "she is certainly looking forward to a few days, because as she pointed out, a trip up here this week to cover my office for a couple of days didn't quite count as the trip away she was looking forward to".

    The Deputy Speaker, Lindsay Hoyle, wishes him a happy honeymoon.

  10. What is happening at the Royal Brompton?

    Royal Brompton hospital debate

    Royal Brompton

    The Royal Brompton Hospital is the largest specialist heart and lung centre in the UK, located in Chelsea, in west London.

    NHS England has announced plans to decommission congenital heart disease services at the Royal Brompton. NHS England is seeking to implement new national standards to centralise services across the country.

    In March, over a thousand people took part in a protest against the proposed closures.

    Labour peer Baroness Boothroyd is a heart patient at the Royal Brompton Hospital.

    In March, Baroness Boothryod said: "I have been a patient at the Royal years and have had the most superb care."

    NHS England's public consultation ended on 17 July and a decision is due to be made shortly.

  11. Dangerous driving discussed

    Summer recess debate

    House of Commons


    Liz McInnes

    Labour's Liz McInnes raises the issue of dangerous driver sentencing.

    This follows the death of one of her constituents who died after being struck by an uninsured, unlicensed driver in a hire car, she says.

    The perpetrator received a six year prison sentence in this case, she says he will probably serve only around three years of that.

    She says the government opened a consultation at the end of the last year, which closed in February. The general election has delayed the progress of this consultation, she adds.

    She calls on the justice secretary to get on with the progress of this consultation.

  12. Baroness Boothroyd leads last debate of the day

    Royal Brompton hospital debate

    House of Lords


    Baroness Boothroyd

    The first female Speaker of the House of Commons, and now crossbench peer, Baroness Boothroyd is leading the last debate of the day.

    The motion for debate is asking the government what clinical evidence it has that the proposed closure of the congenital heart disease services at the Royal Brompton Hospital will lead to improved patient outcomes.

    Baroness Boothroyd accuses the national board of the hospital of being "high handed, devious, and secretive" in its dealings with the hospital.

    She says that if the congenital heart disease services at the hospital close, the NHS and the country will be poorer.

    "It will be a disaster if it succumbs to the diktat of bureaucracy."

  13. Government 'absolutely committed' to independent inquiry on blood scandal

    Contaminated blood inquiry

    House of Lords


    Health Minister Baroness Chisholm repeats the answer given to an urgent question earlier in the House of Commons on the recently announced contaminated blood inquiry.

    Labour health spokesperson Baroness Wheeler asks for assurances that, given the nature of the scandal, the Department of Health will have no role in how the inquiry is established or conducted.

    Baroness Chisholm says it is normal for the relevant department to sponsor an inquiry - but assures peers that the government is "absolutely committed" to an independent inquiry.

  14. Leaving the EU means leaving Euratom - minister

    Euratom debate

    House of Lords


    Lord Prior of Brampton

    Lord Prior of Brampton responds to the debate for the government.

    He says it is clear that there must be continuity and no break in the UK's safeguard regime of nuclear waste. The government wishes to maintain current safeguard standards, he says - and can do so outside Euratom.

    "We are strong supporters of Euratom and this isn't going to change," he says.

    Lord Prior says the decision to leave the organisation was taken at the time of the triggering of Article 50 because the EU and Euratom are "uniquely legally joined" and that therefore "leaving one means leaving the other".

  15. Labour say government 'blinded' by hatred of ECJ

    Euratom debate

    House of Lords


    Baroness Hayter

    How many more representations will it take before the government realise they have a made big mistake on Euratom, Baroness Hayter asks.

    "It would be a shame if Britain unnecessarily damages itself and one of Britain's enduring and quietly successful entities," she says, and accuses the government of allowing what she calls its "inexplicable hatred" of the European Court of Justice to colour "every aspect of our withdrawal from the EU".

    This is putting lives, energy and the UK's safety at risk, she says, and all "just so we can escape a court".

    The government must not allow "some hang up" about the ECJ to blind a sensible way ahead, Labour's Brexit spokesperson warns.