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Easter (Stabilisation)

Volume 235: debated on Wednesday 26 February 1930

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if it is proposed to set up in this country a national committee, as recommended by the Council of the League of Nations, for giving consideration to the question of a fixed date for Easter and other possible calendar changes?

I have been asked to reply. The resolution of the Assembly of the League of the 25th September, 1926, to which I understand the hon. Member to refer, relates to general calendar reform, and on this subject I would refer to the reply which the late Prime Minister gave to the hon. Member for the Newton Division (Mr. R. Young) on the 30th January, 1929. The question of a fixed date for Easter has already been dealt with, so far as regards this country, by the Easter Act, 1928.

What is the position of the negotiations with other countries with regard to the Easter Act passed in this House?

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the date of the stabilised Easter falls on one of Buchan's cold days?


asked the Home Secretary whether it is the intention of the Government to take any steps under the Easter Act, 1928, to secure a fixed date for Easter; and, if so, what is the date proposed?

In reply to a question by the hon. Member for the Waterloo Division (Captain Bullock) on the 25th November, the Home Secretary explained that His Majesty's Government was eon-suiting the other European Governments with a view to common action if possible, as was foreshadowed by his predecessor when the Bill was read a Second time. Until there has been time to receive and consider the replies of the various Governments, no further steps can be taken.

When does the Under-Secretary expect that a reply will be received and a statement made in the House on the matter?