MPs to debate Stamp Duty Holiday extension - date announced
It has been announced that MPs will after all debate the Stamp Duty Holiday extension following a hugely popular online petition.
The 90-minute debate is to be on February 1 - that is next Monday. It will be at 4.30pm and Elliot Colburn MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, will lead the session.
Jesse Norman MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, will respond for the government.
The debate has been triggered by the online petition calling for a six-month extension beyond March 31; there are around 126,000signatures backing the call.
There had been fears that the debate was not going to take place following the decision by Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees Mogg to suspend the use of Westminster Hall for safety reasons during the latest phase of the pandemic - previously this was the venue for such debates.
A second online petition - relating to artists being able to perform visa-free in the EU - will be held the following Monday, February 8.
Catherine McKinnell MP, Chair of the Commons Petitions Committee, says: “I’m delighted we have been able to schedule two e-petition sessions, where Members from across the House, including those self-isolating and shielding, will be able to scrutinise the Government directly on issues raised by petitioners.
“As was the case when Westminster Hall was closed due toCovid-19 last year, we have had to innovate to find ways to hold the Government to account, and crucially to voice the concerns of petitioners in the House of Commons, while our usual debates cannot be held.
“As these petitions demonstrate, there are important issues affecting hundreds of thousands of people that are being missed. Their calls for help and support must be heard.”
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