Points of Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:02 pm on 23rd October 2019.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Labour/Co-operative, Harrow West 1:02 pm, 23rd October 2019

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Sunday is Diwali. On Monday, Hindus in my constituency and across the UK will spend time with their families and visit their local temple. Diwali, like Eid, however, is not a national public holiday, so for some it will continue to be difficult to get time off to mark this most spiritually significant day. What can I do to ensure that there is a debate in Government time, so that those of us who are sympathetic to the campaign for these two days to be made national public holidays can have our case heard by Ministers and, at the very least, get Ministers to work with business organisations to be sympathetic to staff requests for time off to mark these important days?