Finance Bill

Parliament returns today after the Easter recess for the final few weeks of this session which will end in the middle of next month. Outstanding bills will need to be agreed by both Houses and there will inevitably be the usual Parliamentary ping-pong as the House of Commons tries to assert its authority over the House of Lords.

Today, after questions to the Home Secretary the first piece of legislation before the Commons is the Finance Bill which enacts the measures announced in the budget. As is often the case on the first day after any recess I expect there may be one of two statements to update the House on national and international matters. The problems with the steel industry may well be the subject of one such statement.