§ Mr. Tipping
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what plans he has for an additional bank holiday in the year 2000 to celebrate the Millennium. 
§ Mr. Chris Smith
[holding answer 30 June 1997]: There is a clear demand in the country for a one-off additional bank holiday to mark the Millennium. I shall be recommending to colleagues that my Department proceed to consultation with the relevant interest groups on the basis that the holiday should take place on Friday 31 December 1999.