HC Deb 31 March 1960 vol 620 c1490
17. Mrs. White

asked the Minister of Education if it is proposed to declare Friday, 6th May, a school holiday.

Sir D. Eccles

Her Majesty the Queen has expressed to me her desire that a whole holiday should be granted in all schools to celebrate the wedding of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret on 6th May.

I am informing local education authorities of Her Majesty's gracious wishes and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland is taking similar action.

Mrs. White

Is the Minister aware that this announcement will no doubt give great pleasure both to teachers and pupils?

Mr. F. Harris

Can the Minister confirm that 6th May will also be a Parliamentary holiday?

Mr. Speaker

Not this Minister.

Captain Orr

Can my right hon. Friend say whether this cheerful announcement will apply to Northern Ireland?

Sir D. Eccles

I am not responsible for education in Northern Ireland, but I understand that the Government of Northern Ireland are taking similar action.