MPs to discuss petition relating to stamp duty holiday

MPs are to discuss a petition relating to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) relief in a virtual session on Monday 1 February, the Petitions Committee has confirmed.

The petition, titled Extend the Stamp Duty Holiday for an additional 6 months after 31st March 2021, has more than 126,000 signatures.

Member of the Petitions Committee, Elliot Colburn, will lead the session, with Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jesse Norman, responding for the government.

Sittings in Westminster Hall, the traditional debating Chamber for e-petitions, are currently suspended, but the Committee’s session on the stamp duty holiday – one of two newly scheduled sessions relating to recent e-petitions – will be broadcast live on Parliament TV.

Chair of the Petitions Committee, Catherine McKinnell, commented: “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 to COVID-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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