Work and Pensions Minister Damian Hinds is now answering the second reading debate on the Benefit Claimants Sanctions (Required Assessment) Bill.
Evidence does show that sanctions have a positive effect, he says.
The government ensures that claimants are made aware of the availability of hardship payments, and that these are made within three days, he says.
Mr Hinds says the existing legislation refers to “causes” rather than “reasonable causes” so that discretion can be used to assess whether a person has failed to comply with a condition of their benefits.
As he launches into a line by line response to the bill, the Deputy Speaker calls the debate to order.
Debate on the bill ceases at this point, and although Ms Black asks debate to resume in February, it is unlikely there will be any private members’ time left to return to the bill.