Yesterday the Higher Education and Research Bill completed its passage through the House of Commons after seven contested divisions. I was also had a student from Manchester University down on work experience for the day. I also welcomed the Chief executive of the Bury Society for Blind and Partially Sighted People who had been invited by the Lloyds Bank Foundation the charitable arm of Lloyds Bank to a reception which was celebrating the valuable work done by small and medium-sized charities.
Today after questions to the Foreign Office there are Opposition day debates on education and social mobility and also on the NHS. I am attending a briefing at lunch by the Surface Engineering Association. It is always useful to hear at first hand from businessmen about the current trading position. This afternoon I will be attending the weekly meeting of the Backbench Business Committee.