HC Deb 28 April 1938 vol 335 c302
57. Mr. Higgs

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he can see his way to investigate the possible effect of arranging a different date for August bank holiday Monday in different districts in order to assist the staggering of holidays?

Lieut.-Colonel Colville

The Bank Holidays Act, 1871, provides that obligations falling due on a bank holiday are postponed till the following day. I think that the adoption of any considerable number of different dates for the August bank holiday would, for that and other reasons, give rise to practical difficulties. I understand, however, that the committee on holidays with pay considered the general question of spread-over of holidays, and this will, no doubt, be one of the questions to be examined in the light of their report.