Easter Act

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he plans to implement the principal provision of the Easter Act 1928; and why the Government has not implemented the provision since 1997.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Trade and Industry) (Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs)

We have no plans to implement the Easter Act 1928. It remains on the Statute Book but the Act requires that before a draft order is laid before Parliament

"regard shall be had to any opinion officially expressed by any Church or other Christian Body."

At this time, the churches have not all expressed a desire or willingness to move to a fixed Easter.

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