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Whitsun Bank Holiday

Volume 933: debated on Monday 13 June 1977

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will now restore the Whit Bank Holiday to its original place in the calendar in order to avoid the disruption to international business caused by being out of line with so many other countries which have the holiday a week earlier.

No. The Bank Holidays Act 1871, which designated the Monday in Whitsun Week as a Bank Holiday, was repealed by the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971. This designated instead the last Monday in May as what has become known as the Spring Bank Holiday. For 1977 only, this holiday was deferred until the first Monday in June in order to create a longer holiday break with the Silver Jubilee Special Bank Holiday.