Rising gas prices continued to cause havoc, with Avro Energy and Green becoming the latest firms to be brought down. Combined with other recent failures, it means 1.5 million people are now facing a switch to a new, more expensive firm. All affected customers will continue to receive energy while a new supplier is appointed by regulator Ofgem. Its price cap limits how much firms can charge. Ofgem's boss earlier warned the rise in gas prices was "unprecedented" and meant more firms would go bust. Not good. Dominic Raab stood in for the Prime Minister at PMQs. The latter was still in the US. I attended an Urgent Question immediately afterwards on violence against women and girls. I asked the new minister whether she'd reverse the disastrous closure of hundreds of police stations across the country. I am convinced this was a wrong move and certainly offers no reassurance to women on the streets, say late at night. Were police stations open, officer would patrol from them, which in itself would be a deterrence but, importantly, it would be a place of refuge for anyone needing one. My question is on the website. Then it was upstairs to CR 8 for another session of our European Scrutiny Committee. It was all filmed by parliament TV. We had three witnesses in the room. They were minister Wendy Morton, Robbie Bulloch, Director Gibraltar-EU Negotiations and Deputy Chief Negotiator, and Andrew Dalgleish, Deputy Director Gibraltar-EU Negotiations. It was a most interesting session, with Gibraltar still a sticking point in some regards following after departure from the EU. Votes went on to 1815, after which I hopped on to my motorcycle and headed down to Dorset.
Also tonight, the United States is lifting its decades-old ban on imports of British lamb, Boris Johnson has announced. The PM, who is in the US for talks with UN leaders and President Joe Biden, said the ban was "unjustified". But he admitted the UK was now focused on making "incremental steps" on US trade access, rather than aiming for a full agreement. Mr Biden appeared to play down the chances of a wider deal during a meeting with Mr Johnson on Tuesday. Finally, repeated human errors made for years were to blame for a scandal which led to more than £1bn of state pensions not being paid, a report has concluded. The National Audit Office (NAO) said 134,000 pensioners, mostly women, were underpaid pensions because outdated computer systems led to mistakes. Among them was 74-year-old Irene Wise, who said women like her were "short-changed" for years. The government said everyone would receive what they were owed.