Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 2nd February 2012.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring into force the provision contained in the Easter Act 1928 to fix the date of Easter.

Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Easter Act 1928 would set the date for Easter to fall between 9 and 15 April each year. The Easter Act 1928 remains on the Statute Book, but has not been brought into force. To do so would require an Order in Council, with the approval of both Houses of Parliament. The Act also requires that, before the Order is made,

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

There is no indication that the Churches are keen to move to a fixed Easter.

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