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Live Reporting

By Richard Morris, Lucy Webster and Robbie Hawkins

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That's where we leave our coverage of the week in Parliament.

    We'll be back on Monday at 2.30pm for more from the Commons and the Lords.

  2. Peers debate bill on EU information

    European Union (Information) Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers have debated the European Union (Information, etc.) Bill, introduced by crossbench peer, Lord Dykes.

    The bill would require the government to provide information relating to the EU in written and electronic forms; and local authorities would be required to distribute the information free of charge in public buildings.

    The bill defines information as the purpose, scope and effect of the EU's activities and how it is organised, while another section of the bill would require information on the EU's town twinning scheme to be made available.

    The bill was given second reading and will now be considered at committee stage.

  3. Bill sent for committee consideration

    Children Act (Amendment) Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers give the bill a second reading, and it will now proceed to committee stage, where it will be examined in greater depth.

  4. Video content

    Video caption: Why Conservatives are fighting each other

    The government is heading towards the summer break, wracked by infighting among Tory MPs.

  5. What is the bill about?

    Children Act (Amendment) Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    You can read more about the bill here.

    Currently, Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders safeguard victims under the Female Genital Mutilation Act. This bill would allow courts to make interim care orders under the Children Act 1989 in cases relating to FGM.

    The interim order would mean local authorities would have shared parental responsibility for the child.

  6. Peer introduces bill to protect girls at risk of FGM

    Children Act (Amendment) Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers now listen to Lord Berkeley of Knighton introducing a bill which would amend the Children Act of 1989, to protect girls at risk of female genital mutilation.

    Crossbencher Lord Berkeley says the 1989 act does not currently protect girls at risk of this specific offence, and this amendment bill would do that.

    He says he was horrified to learn about FGM when he attended a debate led by the late Lady Rendell, and he says that there is no basis for the practice in religion.

    Education is the best way to stop FGM, as it is often a practice passed from grandmother to mother, he says, and it is often done for the supposed benefit of men.

  7. Bill moves on

    Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The bill passes its second reading and moves to committee stage.

  8. Minister 'unconvinced' by bill

    Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Minister Baroness Williams sums up for the government, but says that while she has listened carefully to the arguments, she is unconvinced that the bill offers a solution to the problems explained by campaigners.

  9. Campaigner calls for change to the law

    In his speech, Lord Lexden refers to a campaigner on the issue, Olivia Utley, who wrote an article about the issue for The Times.

    You can read it here.

    She says:

    Quote Message: I was brought up by my mother and her sister in as a stable a unit as one could possibly imagine. I’ve never considered my aunt as anything other than a parent, and to anyone who knows us, the idea that we “aren’t a family” would seem absurd. But the law says otherwise. The sisters who raised me have no legal means by which to make their relationship official, meaning that they are exempt from the rights afforded to civil partners and married couples; most importantly the right to inherit a joint tenancy, and the right to pass on a jointly owned home to each other free of inheritance tax.
  10. Civil partnership bill 'would extend new rights' to siblings

    Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    You can read more about the bill here.

    It is being proposed by Conservative Lord Lexden

    Lord Lexden says his bill would "extend new rights" and confer on thousands of men and women the legal status which "they have hoped for".

    Sibling couples may have decided to spend their lives together in homes until their death and "special recognition should be given to them" he says.

  11. What are today's bills?

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The first bill for consideration today is the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) (Sibling Couples) Bill.

    This bill would amend the Civil Partnership Act 2004 to include sibling couples.

  12. Good morning

    Welcome to coverage of today's events in Westminster - we'll be covering the House of Lords today, as peers debate private members' bills.

  13. Today in the Commons

    What happened?

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The Commons agreed on a new code of practice for dealing with complaints and grievances for staff working in the Commons.

    The decision made today will be subject to a review in six and 18 months' time, and is the result of a cross-party effort to standardise practices for dealing with complaints.

    The government confirmed that it would be updating and changing mandatory sex and relationships education in schools, and MPs heard an urgent question from Labour on ESA underpayments.

    The Commons returns at 2:30pm on Monday with Housing, Communities and Local Government questions.

  14. 'Tobacco control is a key priority for us'

    Tobacco Control Plan

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Steve Brine

    Wrapping up the debate on the Tobacco Control Plan, Health Minister Steve Brine thanks MPs for their remarks on smoking.

    He says local authorities are not the only ones responsible for helping quitting smoking as some suggests, and that there are new grants available for others to provide the services.

    Asked whether there are plans for "vaping areas in hospitals", he says it is for NHS Trusts to introduce their own policies.

    "Ultimately we are judged on our record," he says, "we want to make the smoke free generation a reality."

    "Tobacco control is a key priority for us."

  15. 'Paramilitaries smuggling tobacco' in Northern Ireland

    Tobacco Control Plan

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Jim Shannon

    DUP MP Jim Shannon says that there is a serious problem in Northern Ireland of illegal tobacco smuggling involving paramilitaries, and HMRC needs to do more to combat this.

    He encourages English HMRC officers to talk more with their opposite numbers in Northern Ireland and Scotlandto improve approaches.

    "We can look at these things collectively and establish a policy that will help us all."

  16. Tory MP: 'Make the manufacturers pay'

    Tobacco Control Plan

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Bob Blackman

    The chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking, Bob Blackman, says there is definitely a case for further tobacco control measures.

    "The industry has money to pay for the measures that we need to control tobacco, to mitigate the harm that is causes."

    "Let us make the manufacturers pay," he says.

    He says there is a need for "mass media campaigns" to shock people into realising how dangerous smoking is for people's health.