Tony Blair is to introduce a new target for use of public loos. He wants 50% of the population to regularly use them by 2010. And, in order to provide a world class lavatory service, there are plans to introduce a 30p top-up levy charge, to be paid after use.
Lavatories already get a large amount of funding from the state - raised by coucil taxes, but there is a need for greater investment.
The move has attracted opposition from all sides of the House of Commons. Many MPs are in favour of using private lavatories instead, and investing this capital elsewhere.
In their 2001 manifesto, Labour promised that they would not "charge for public conveniences". It seems that they will now go back on the word, and defy those who voted for them.
"Admit you've got it all wrong and scrap the Bill instead of forcing your MPs to break their election pledge," said Mr Howard, Leader of the Opposition.
On Tuesday Downing Street insisted that the government was not complacent "in any way, shape or form" about the outcome of next week's crucial vote on lavatory fees.
The Minister for Toilets said " We just have to squeeze this through Parliament".