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Veterans Day

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on making Veterans' Day a national bank holiday; and if he will make a statement. (213003)

To date I have received no formal representations on making Veterans Day a national bank holiday.

We are in the process of considering the report of the inquiry undertaken by my hon. Friend the Member for Grantham and Stamford (Mr. Davies) into national recognition of our armed forces which recommends the creation of a British Armed Forces and Veterans Day and suggests that this would be the right solution were the Government minded to propose to Parliament the creation of another public holiday. Lead responsibility for the latter aspect lies with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR).