HC Deb 23 November 1938 vol 341 c1770W
Mr. McEntee

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, when he was considering the granting of an extra bank holiday at Christmas, he considered also the fact that workers in the building industry will be locked out from work on this extra holiday, and will sustain the loss of an additional day's pay; and will he take steps to remedy this grievance?

Captain Wallace

The grant of an extra bank holiday this Christmas is in accordance with the practice followed ever since 1910 when Christmas Day has fallen on a Sunday. This avoids the curtailment of the customary Christmas holiday but it does not reduce normal working time as compared with ordinary years when Christmas Day falls on a weekday.