§ Mr. Marlow
asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) if he will seek to transfer the May bank holiday in England to St. George's day; and if he will make a statement;
(2) if he will seek to transfer the present May day bank holiday in England to an alternative appropriate day in May and rename it the official St. George's day holiday; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Gummer
[pursuant to his reply, 14 May 1984, c. 51]: A public consultation in 1982 about the desirability of moving the bank holiday on the first Monday in May showed that opinion on this issue was divided. Accordingly, the Government announced in June 1982 that they had decided not to change the current arrangements. We have at present no plans to reopen this issue.