House of Commons
BANK HOLIDAYS AND ST GEORGE'S DAY
Tabled 16 March 2010
This is an amendment to an existing motion
Motion originally tabled by Mr Mike Hancock on 15 March 2010
This is amendment number 4
"after `that', insert `St Piran's Day on 5 March is an event which is increasingly enjoyed and celebrated and that'."
Original Motion Text
That this House acknowledges that a Bank Holiday on St George's Day would be a great opportunity for all English people regardless of colour or religion to recognise what binds them together instead of concentrating on differences; realises that there is growing demand in England for a day of national celebration; notes that Northern Ireland has had a Bank Holiday on St Patrick's Day since 1903, the Scottish Parliament has introduced a voluntary Bank Holiday on St Andrew's Day and the Welsh Assembly agrees that St David's Day should be a holiday; further notes that organisations such as the St George Unofficial Bank Holiday saw a 300 per cent. increase in the number of St George events during 2009; points out that there is a danger that England could be left behind without an opportunity to celebrate its rich culture and heritage; and supports a Bank Holiday being held in England on 23 April or the nearest Friday to that date.