Stamp duty revolt threat

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TORY MPs are threatening a revolt in support of a Labour move next week to extend the stamp duty 'holiday' on property from this August to next March. But Government whips are confident they will defeat the rebellion on Tuesday during debate on the report stage on the Finance Bill, which puts the Budget into effect.

The main business in Parliament next week includes:

MONDAY - Commons: Social Security, Attorney General and Overseas Aid questions; Opposition debates on recession in industry, and BSE. Criminal Justice Act (Contracted Out Prisons) Order. Lords: Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Bill, Committee Stage; Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol) (Amendment) Bill, Third Reading; Vienna Document 1992 (Privileges and Immunities) Order; Debates on income support and a police and National Children's Home report on runaways.

TUESDAY - Commons: Employment questions; Prime Minister's questions; Finance Bill, Report Stage; Supplementary estimates vote; Value Added Tax (Payments on Account) Order. Lords: Civil Service (Management Functions) Bill, Committee Stage; Criminal Justice Act (Contracted Out Prisons) Order; Debate on the Social Fund.

WEDNESDAY - Commons: Trade and Industry questions; Finance Bill, remaining stages; Debate on Commons Members Fund. Lords: Debates on manufacturing job losses and the future of the professions, and London Underground.

THURSDAY - Commons: Treasury questions; Prime Minister's questions; Summer adjournment debate; Consolidated Fund Bill debates. Lords: Debate on Procedure Committee's report; Debate on Science and Technology Select Committee's report into systematic biology research; Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) Order; Debate on the impact of latest CAP agreement.

FRIDAY - Commons: Backbench debate on impact of Government social policies on Merseyside. Lords: Not sitting.

Today's business

Commons: Backbench debate on education for people with special needs. Lords: Not sitting.