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Live Reporting

By Aiden James, Julia Butler and Esther Webber

All times stated are UK

  1. Suspension or recall among sanctions for sex harassment MPs

    Parliamentarians are to face tougher sanctions for sexual harassment and bullying, leader of the House Andrea Leadsom announced earlier.

    Announcing the findings of a cross-party committee, Mrs Leadsom said she found reports of harassment "very troubling".

    Mandatory training is proposed for all MPs, peers and their staff while in more serious cases, MPs could be suspended or forced to face a public vote on their future.

    Shadow Commons leader Valerie Vaz said everyone in Parliament should enjoy a "safe, secure and constructive workplace" while SNP spokesman Pete Wishart said the report was "a significant, substantial document".

  2. That's all for today

    House of Commons


    That's where we leave our live coverage from Westminster for today.

    MPs also have a half-term break next week and will be back on Tuesday 20 February.

  3. Peer expects House to return to 'intractable problem'

    Judicial oversight of the European Arrest Warrant

    House of Lords


    Lord Jay of Ewelme

    Lord Jay of Ewelme, the crossbench peer who chairs the EU Home Affairs Sub-committee, has the final word in the debate.

    He says future judicial oversight over the European Arrest Warrant in the UK after Brexit currently looks like an "intractable problem" which he expects the House to come back to in the future.

    The end of the debate brings today's session in the Lords to an end.

    It's a half-term break for peers next week. The House will meet again on Tuesday 20 February at 2:30pm.

  4. Minister: We have heard the case for banks to remain open

    Community banks debate

    House of Commons


    Minister John Glen

    Economic Secretary to the Treasury John Glen says this debate has rightly "aroused a lot of passion" and the banks will need to respond to what they've heard.

    "We have heard the case for banks to remain open," Mr Glen says.

    "Ultimately, the government can't reverse market movements or changes in customer behaviour," he adds.

  5. Lord Young: It is in the interests of the UK and the EU to reach agreement

    Judicial oversight of the European Arrest Warrant

    House of Lords


    Government spokesman Lord Young of Cookham says that "dispute resolution" is required for close co-operation on arrests and extradition after Brexit.

    It is "in the interests of both sides" to reach an agreement, he tells the House, adding that dispute resolution methods are a common part of deals between the EU and non-EU states.

    The UK will bring "direct jurisdiction" of the European Court of Justice to an end, he insists.

  6. Labour: Bank closures highlight financial exclusion

    Community banks debate

    House of Commons


    Bill Esterton MP

    Shadow Business Minister Bill Esterson says 11% of the population, who are "typically older and poorer" rely on using local bank branches.

    Mr Esterson says the closure of these branches highlights "financial exclusion" in action across the country.

    The closure of bank branches is felt at a "personal and business level", he adds.

  7. SNP: UK government has 'not lifted a finger' to prevent closures

    Community banks debate

    House of Commons


    Patricia Gibson

    SNP consumer affairs spokesperson Patricia Gibson rounds up the debate for her party.

    Ms Gibson says banks "reprieved" from closure, following "negotiations with the SNP leadership" are welcomed but do not go far enough.

    RBS is to keep 10 closure-threatened branches open until at least the end of the year.

    The UK government has "not lifted a single finger" to help prevent the closure programme, she tells the House.

  8. Labour favours 'continued co-operation' with the European Court

    Judicial oversight of the European Arrest Warrant

    House of Lords


    "Only a court can appropriately review decisions relating to the liberty of an individual," says shadow foreign affairs spokesman Lord Collins of Highbury.

    A "no-deal Brexit" would make continued co-operation "much harder", the Labour peer argues.

    He declares that Labour would allow "continued co-operation" with the European Court of Justice.

    "This system works," he adds.

    "The government has imposed a red line that simply won't work."

  9. Lib Dems: Government should stop posturing

    Judicial oversight of the European Arrest Warrant

    House of Lords


    Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames, who is replying to the debate for the Liberal Democrats, proposes that judicial oversight of the arrest warrant could be done by a parallel court.

    This could be "effectively a division" of the European Court of Justice but with a British judge, he argues.

    He says the government is being influences by Brexit "ideologues" and tells ministers: "In the interests of partnership... please stop posturing."

  10. Leaving European Court of Justice jurisdiction is 'folly' says Labour peer

    Judicial oversight of the European Arrest Warrant

    House of Lords


    Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws

    Labour peer Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws thinks that the government's decision to have a "red line" of leaving the European Court of Justice was "absolute folly".

    The court "is the best arbiter", she argues.

  11. Committee proposes post-Brexit extradition agreement

    Judicial oversight of the European Arrest Warrant

    House of Lords


    Handcuffed suspect

    Over in the House of Lords, peers are debating a report from the European Union Committee on Brexit and judicial oversight of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW).

    The arrest warrant operates in all EU member states and replaced separate extradition arrangements.

    The report notes that the government has said it wants to remain party to the EAW scheme but that it also "intends to remove the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (CJEU) in the UK" after leaving the EU.

    The committee suggests a possible solution "might be to follow the precedent set by Norway and Iceland and seek a bilateral extradition agreement with the EU that mirrors the EAW’s provisions as far as possible".

    If no agreement is reached, "falling back on the 1957 Council of Europe Convention on Extradition would significantly slow down extradition proceedings", the report says.

  12. Background: Community bank closures

    Local bank

    The public and government have worried over the seemingly remorseless decline in the number of bank branches in high streets and rural areas for at least 30 years.

    The forces driving closure programmes are varied but financial innovation, a fall in the use of cheques as a payment means and increased use of electronic payment services have all played their part.

    The impact of the financial crisis and the new regulatory costs bearing down on profits have made banks look again at the viability of their branch networks.

    Last year, RBS revealed plans to close 62 Scottish branches, including some in remote and rural communities.

    The full closure plans, which also involved 197 NatWest branches, were attacked by politicians and local authorities.

  13. Wragg: Half of banks branches closed in last 25 years

    Community banks debate

    House of Commons


    William Wragg

    Conservative MP William Wragg says it's likely that all MPs taking part in the debate "have an interest from their own constituencies".

    Mr Wragg claims that 10,000 bank branches have closed in the last 25 years - "over half of all of them".

    It is "right to embrace technological change" but many customers prefer "face-to-face service" and the chance to talk to people, he says.

    Mr Wragg adds that banks offer "personal relationships" with customers which is "particularly important for elderly and vulnerable people".

  14. Bank closures 'rip the heart' out of towns - MP

    Community banks debate

    House of Commons


    Ruth Smeeth MP

    Labour MP Ruth Smeeth opens her debate on community banks, saying that local bank closures "rip the heart" out of towns.

    The motion says such banks are of "vital importance" and expresses concern about the effect of branch closure announcements by Lloyds Bank, RBS/NatWest and Santander.

    The motion, tabled by Ms Smeeth along with Conservative MP William Wragg, calls on the government to support measures to protect access to banking services in local communities in the UK.

    The UK's four big High Street banks closed, or announced plans to shut, a total of 948 branches during 2017.

  15. Creagh: 'Certain irony' that MoJ failing to meet own guidance

    Environmental Audit Committee report

    House of Commons


    Mary Creagh MP

    Labour's Mary Creagh, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, is introducing a report by her committee on the Ministry of Justice's environmental footprint.

    The report found the Ministry is "failing to meet many of its own unambitious targets" and called for it to make new commitments as soon as possible.

    The committee also recommended the government should review the oversight and governance arrangements of contractors’ performance.

    Ms Creagh tells MPs there is a "certain irony" that the department tasked with upholding the law is failing to meet its own guidance.

  16. Plaid MP questions 'arbitrary deadline' for complaints

    State pension age statement

    House of Commons


    Plaid Cymru's Jonathan Edward asks for the reasons behind the "arbritary" 31st March deadline this year for those wishing to make a complaint to the DWP about lack of notice of the pension age changes.

    Mr Opperman says he can't give a "precise answer" to that, but assures Mr Edwards he will write to him.

    Jonathan Edwards MP
  17. Three-party clash over pensions record

    State pension age statement

    House of Commons


    Labour's Carolyn Harris calls on the minister to meet her and Conservative MP Tim Loughton for further discussions and to "acknowledge the problem and come up with a respectful answer".

    Minister Guy Opperman says the matter has "been debated since 1995" and successive governments have taken a similar line.

    Liberal Democrat work and pensions spokesman Stephen Lloyd says the Conservatives and Labour did little in government to address the problem.

    Mr Opperman reminds him that he supported the Conservatives in coalition government to pass the Pensions Act in 2011 when, according to the minister, the Lib Dems supported fiscal discipline.

    Amongst other measures, the Pensions Act 2011 accelerated an existing timetable for increasing the state pension age to 66. It is due to increase to 68 between 2037 and 2039.

  18. SNP: Time for UK government to 'pay out'

    State pension age statement

    House of Commons


    SNP MP Patrick Grady says there is "clearly majority in this house" in support of women born in 1950s.

    Instead of "bluster and "passing the buck" the government should improving arrangements for women who have been "adversely effected" by changes to the state pension age, he says.

    It's time for the UK government to "pay out", he adds.

    Minister Guy Opperman says if an individual is of working age then they can be "addressed with assistance" by the Scottish Government - citing the words of Scottish Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman MSP.

    Patrick Grady
  19. Scottish Waspi women call for pension justice

    Andrew Kerr

    BBC Scotland political correspondent

    Waspi women

    Women affected by the accelerated changes to the state pension age have been telling the BBC of the hardship and inequality they say they face.

    In the same week that marked the centenary of some women gaining the vote, the so-called Waspi women say their modern-day campaign is not going to go away.

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