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St George's Day (Public Holiday)

Volume 527: debated on Tuesday 10 May 2011

I present and support the petition prepared by George’s Tradition, with 3,674 signatures supporting the petition or wording in similar terms.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of the Erewash constituency and others,

Declares that England is one of very few countries in the world that does not have a public holiday to celebrate its national day; notes that St Patrick’s Day is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland, and that St Andrew’s Day is a voluntary public holiday in Scotland; and further declares that everyone who is part of England should be able to celebrate its traditions, its heritage and the English way of life with a public holiday on St George’s Day.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to bring forward proposals to make St George’s Day a public holiday in England.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.