Bank Holiday: 23 June

Wales – in the House of Commons on 26th February 2020.

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Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

If he will hold discussions with the Welsh Government on the potential merits of the creation of a UK bank holiday on 23 June each year.

Photo of Simon Hart Simon Hart The Secretary of State for Wales

As this is a reserved matter and is currently not Government policy, I have no plans to discuss this with the Welsh Government.

Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

Well, the Secretary of State needs to change his mind. Wales has one of the lowest numbers of bank holidays in Europe. Some countries in Europe have twice the number. What has he got against giving workers in Wales an extra day off?

Photo of Simon Hart Simon Hart The Secretary of State for Wales

I suppose this was inevitable in a way. My experience of businesses and residents in Wales is simple: they have an exciting future and are keen to get on with the new opportunities that face them. They do not request or want extra opportunities to reminisce about the past.