HC Deb 11 October 1976 vol 917 cc66-7W
Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he will publish the up-to-date list of bank holidays and public holidays.

Mr. Mason,

pursuant to the answer [Official Report 6th August 1976; Vol. 916, c. 1121–2], gave the following revised information:

Under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971, Schedule 1, the following days are bank holidays in Northern Ireland:

  • 17th March.
  • Easter Monday.
  • Last Monday in May.
  • Last Monday in August.
  • Boxing Day.

The following are common law public holidays:

  • Christmas Day.
  • Good Friday.

12th July is proclaimed as a bank and public holiday. In addition, New Year's Day has been proclaimed as a bank holiday under the Act quoted for the past three years.

Christmas Day and Boxing Day 1976 fall on a Saturday and Sunday; and New Year's Day 1977 on a Saturday. Tuesday 28th December, Monday 27th December 1976 and Monday 3rd January 1977 will, therefore, be bank holidays.

The then Prime Minister announced on 18th December 1975 that Tuesday 7th June 1977 will be a bank holiday in England and Wales and Northern Ireland in celebration of the Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen and that the Spring Holiday which would normally fall on Monday 30th May will be held over until Monday 6th June.

Monday 1st May 1978 will be a bank holiday in Northern Ireland as in England and Wales.