Public Holidays

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what his policy is on the establishment of an additional public holiday; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Pat McFadden Pat McFadden Minister of State (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Employment Relations and Postal Affairs), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

The Government are currently conducting a wide-ranging consultation on the nature of our citizenship and our constitution, including how best we celebrate our national identity. As part of this process, we have received a number of suggestions for new or replacement bank holidays, designed to celebrate or commemorate aspects of British life or history. At present, we have no plans to change the current pattern of bank holidays, but we are nevertheless considering all these suggestions carefully.

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