Ministers' holidays on hold for Budget debate
The government is postponing parliament's Easter recess to allow part of the Budget Debate to take place immediately after it is delivered on 9 April.
MPs had been planning to leave for their Easter Holidays on Thursday 10 April.
Commons leader Robin Cook said the House will now sit on Friday 11 April and Monday 14 April as well to allow the traditional four-day Budget debate to take place before MPs go on holiday.
Cook announced the timetable changes in response to Tory fears the post-Budget debate would be cut short or postponed.
Shadow Tory chancellor Michael Howard said putting off the debate would be ‘entirely unacceptable’.
Tiverton and Honiton Conservative MP Angela Browning said the decision to delay the Budget was ‘appalling’.