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May Bank Holiday

Volume 982: debated on Wednesday 2 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether, in order to dissociate the United Kingdom from May Day celebrations, and to strengthen national unity, he will ensure that the bank holiday on the Monday immediately following 1 May is designated in official documents as United Kingdom Day.

[pursuant to his reply, 1 April 1980]: The name of the holiday is not established in law. The Royal Proclamation by which the day is declared a bank holiday customarily refers to "the first Monday in May". I have no plans to allocate a name to the holiday.