Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 10th March 2009.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will bring into force the principal provision of the Easter Act 1928 fixing the date of Easter.

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

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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