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Summary

  1. Peers scrutinised two private members' bills
  2. The first would allow for an opt-out organ donation system by default
  3. The other would give opposite-sex couples the right to form civil partnerships

Live Reporting

By Georgina Pattinson

All times stated are UK

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  2. Lords adjourn

    The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Bill also passes through its committee stage, and the day in the House of Lords comes to an end.

    Peers will be back on Monday, when they will be conducting detailed scrutiny of the Trade Bill - legislation to enact the UK's trade policy after Brexit.

    There will also be questions to ministers covering nurse staffing levels in the NHS England long-term plan, and how easy it is for viewers to find public sector broadcasting content.

  3. What is the bill about?

    The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Bill is a private member’s bill.

    It would introduce the move from a paper-based system of marriage registration towards a partially electronic system and would grant opposite-sex couples the right to form civil partnerships (currently, only same-sex couples can form civil partnerships).

    At the moment, the marriage certificate includes details of the father but not the mother of the bride and groom.

    There have been calls from both within and outside of Parliament for mothers’ details to be included in marriage registration - this bill would do that.

    It would also require the government to publish reports on whether the law should be changed to allow the registration of pregnancy losses which occur before 24 weeks gestation and on whether coroners should be allowed or required to investigate still-births.

  4. Peers move on to civil partnership bill

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The House of Lords is now debating the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths Bill.

    This is a private member's bill introduced by Tory MP Tim Loughton in the Commons. It has government and opposition support.

  5. What is the bill about?

    There is a shortage of organ donors in the UK, and hundreds of people die whilst waiting for an organ.

    The current organ donation system in England is an opt-in system.

    But in October 2017, the prime minister announced that the government would introduce an opt-out consent system for organ donation in England.

    The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill was tabled by Labour MP, Geoffrey Robinson - the bill intends to amend the Human Tissue Act 2004 so that is someone who has not made a decision regarding organ donation during their life, the default position will be that consent will be deemed to have been given.

    The measures on deemed consent within the bill will only apply in England.

  6. House of Lords to debate bill on organ donation

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Peers meet today to debate private members' bills and today's first bill is the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill.

  7. Recap: Today in the Commons

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    The day began with scheduled question sessions to culture ministers and the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox.

    After this, Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom announced next week's debates in the Commons - and told MPs that their February recess has been cancelled to provide more time to approve legislation to prepare the country for Brexit.

    After this, a number of MPs urged the government to take up the recommendations of an interim report on the sustainability of the fashion industry from the Environmental Audit Committee.

    In the afternoon they then debated settling the debt owed to victims of the Equitable Life scandal, and funding after 2020 for state-run nursery schools.

  8. Lords adjourns

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    The Lords has adjourned for the day.

    They are back tomorrow, when they will be debating legislation on organ donation and extending the right to have a civil partnership to heterosexual couples.

  9. NHS plan 'is fully costed' - Tory peer

    NHS Long Term Plan debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Baroness Manzoor

    For the government, Baroness Manzoor says the long-term plan is "fully costed".

    The NHS is undertaking a clinical review of standards to look at planned or unplanned emergency care, she says, and is investing more than £1.5bn to improve results in this area.

    "By 2021 every part of the country will be covered by integrated care systems", she says, which will cause the NHS and local organisations to work better together.

    "We will keep people healthy and out of hospital by focusing on prevention of ill health and boosting services closer to home," she adds.

  10. Government needs to tell public about changes - Labour

    NHS Long Term Plan debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Baroness Thornton

    Labour health spokeswoman Baroness Thornton says there are dozens of "aspirational" plans in the plan, but "no coherent approach to the management of necessary changes".

    She adds that the government needs to "spell out" to the public what they can expect from the changes in the ten-year plan.

    "NHS hospitals are in deficit" and A&E waiting times are above targets, she says, adding: "there is an enormous amount of work to do".

    "How will all these things be funded?" she asks.

  11. Peer in warning over NHS staff shortages

    NHS Long Term Plan debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Jolly says there are 100,000 vacancies in the health service, and there is no strategy for staffing in the long-term plan.

    "Uptake of innovation is patchy," she says, adding that by 2030 the NHS staff list could be a quarter of a million short.

    "This doesn't bode well for children's services," she says, adding that workforce planning in England has become "increasingly fragmented".

  12. Plan defined by 'what it omitted' - Labour peer

    NHS Long Term Plan debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Baroness Massey

    Labour's Baroness Massey, a former director of the Family Planning Association, says that organisations have been "generally supportive of the plan's aims".

    But she warns that the plan has been defined by "what it omitted" as well as "what it contained".

    She states that there are "no cost effectiveness figures" in the plan either.

    She asks if the government will "take note of the concerns expressed" in the debate this afternoon.

  13. Peer bemoans lack of dentistry in NHS plan

    NHS Long Term Plan debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Lord Colwyn

    Conservative peer and dentist Lord Colwyn says there is a "total absence" of mentions of dentistry in the long-term plan for NHS England.

    He tells peers that dentistry can have a bearing on overall health and can indicate underlying problems with someone's health.

    He says that patients are having to travel "unreasonable distances" in order to find a dentist.

    He asks what "further plans" the government has for access to NHS dentistry.

  14. Adjournment debate begins

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Concluding the debate, Lucy Powell says the debate sends a clear message to the government that "we want to see this issue solved quickly".

    She thanks the minister's "personal commitment to this", but warns: "a cliff edge is fast approaching".

    MPs have now started today's adjournment debate, led by Labour MP Tonia Antoniazzi, on state pensions for women born in the 1950s.

  15. 'Understandable' anxiety over funding concerns - Minister

    Debate on funding for maintained nurseries

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Nadhim Zahawi

    Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi says he is "proud" of the government's record on early-years education, including the extension of free childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds.

    Mr Zahawi says the anxiety of maintained schools about future funding is "understandable", and pledges that research in this area will be published "very, very soon".

    He adds that he is "pushing as hard" as he can to make sure maintained nursery schools know how their funding will work post-2020 "as soon as possible".

    There is an increasing concern that maintained nursery schools are struggling to keep the books balanced, he says, "and we should not be complacent".

  16. 'We need to fund these schools properly' - Labour

    Debate on funding for maintained nurseries

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Tracy Brabin

    Summing up the debate for Labour, shadow education minister Tracy Brabin says there is "deeply passionate" cross-party support for maintained schools.

    She says the schools offer hidden benefits which ease the cost on other services, yet "it's more common to see a school under threat, than it is to see a new school open".

    Maintained nurseries are experiencing a "funding crisis", and for the government to refuse to give a funding commitment until the spending review later this year is a "disaster waiting to happen", she says.

    64% of schools expect to be in deficit by 2020 - before the current funding settlement even runs out - as a result of a "culture of disregard" by the government, she suggests.

    "What we need and expect today is a clear funding plan...praise is good, but it's not good enough. We need to fund these schools properly and give them certainty."

  17. Labour MPs continue criticism over funding

    Debate on funding for maintained nurseries

    House of Commons

    Parliament

    Only opposition MPs appear to now be looking to speak in the debate.

    Labour MP Liz McInnes says unless further funding is provided, the maintained nursery school in her constituency - which has provided early years education since World War Two - will have to close.

    The government should be "celebrating" the achievements of the schools, she says, not "letting them wither on the vine due to lack of funding".

    Her party colleague Karen Lee says the issue requires urgency but is "seemingly being responded to with complacency".

  18. Lib Dem peer in warning over mental health vacancies

    NHS Long Term Plan debate

    House of Lords

    Parliament

    Baroness Tyler of Enfield

    Liberal Democrat Baroness Tyler of Enfield says commitments to reducing inequalities in healthcare "are very welcome," but come at a time when Public Health England budgets have been cut.

    She says "over 20,000 mental health positions in England" are empty and awaiting a person to fill the position.