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V944 - Bank Holidays Bill 2016 Watch

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    B944 - Bank Holidays Bill 2016, TSR Government

    BANK HOLIDAYS BILL 2016
    An Act reforming the dates of bank holidays.

    BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most excellent Majesty, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

    1: DEFINITIONS
    (1) "Bank Holiday" is defined in the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971.

    2: REPEAL OF EXISTING BANK HOLIDAYS
    (1) The bank holiday dates set out in Schedule 1 to the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 are repealed.

    3: NATIONAL BANK HOLIDAYS
    (1) The following dates are bank holidays in the United Kingdom:
    (1) a. 1 January (New Year's Day)
    (1) b. Good Friday
    (1) c. Easter Sunday
    (1) d. Easter Monday
    (1) e. 18 June (Waterloo Day)
    (1) f. 11 November (Armistice Day)
    (1) g. 25 December (Christmas Day)

    4: REGIONAL BANK HOLIDAYS
    (1) The following additional dates are bank holidays in England:
    (1) a. 23 April (St George's Day)
    (1) b. The first Monday in May (May Day)
    (1) c. The final Monday in August (August Bank Holiday)
    (1) d. 26 December (Boxing Day)
    (2) The following additional dates are bank holidays in Wales:
    (2) a. 1 March (St David's Day)
    (2) b. The first Monday in May (May Day)
    (2) c. The final Monday in August (August Bank Holiday)
    (2) d. 26 December (Boxing Day)
    (3) The following additional dates are bank holidays in Northern Ireland:
    (3) a. 17 March (St Patrick's Day)
    (3) b. The first Monday in May (May Day)
    (3) c. The final Monday in August (August Bank Holiday)
    (3) d. 26 December (Boxing Day)
    (4) The following additional dates are bank holidays in Scotland:
    (4) a. 2 January (Hogmanay)
    (4) b. The first Monday in May (May Day)
    (4) c. The first Monday in August (August Bank Holiday)
    (4) d. 30 November (St Andrew's Day)
    (4) e. 26 December (Boxing Day)

    5: MOVING OF BANK HOLIDAYS
    (1) With the exception of Easter Sunday, where a bank holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it is moved to the next weekday that is not a bank holiday.

    6: DEVOLUTION AND ADDITION OF BANK HOLIDAYS
    (1) The National Assembly for Wales controls the list of holidays set out in 4(2).
    (2) The Northern Ireland Assembly controls the list of holidays set out in 4(3).
    (3) The Scottish Parliament controls the list of holidays set out in 4(4).
    (4) The Department for Culture, Communications and Connectivity may set out in any one financial year two extra bank holidays to be observed in that year in the United Kingdom and one further extra bank holiday to be observed in that year in England only.
    (5) The Welsh Government may set out in any one financial year one extra bank holiday to be observed in that year in Wales.
    (6) The Northern Ireland Executive may set out in any one financial year one extra bank holiday to be observed in that year in Northern Ireland.
    (7) The Scottish Government may set out in any one financial year one extra bank holiday to be observed in that year in Scotland.
    (8) Six months' notice must be given after any amendment to the lists of bank holidays by any body before the new list of bank holidays comes into effect.

    7: COMMENCEMENT, SHORT TITLE AND EXTENT
    (1) This Act may be cited as the Bank Holidays Act 2016.
    (2) This Act shall extend to the United Kingdom; and
    (3) Shall come into force on the 1st of April 2017.


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    This bill reforms and simplifies the bank holiday system in the UK. Some holidays established only in common law are codified and the full list is put together in one place.

    There are also new bank holidays for the four patron saints' days and Waterloo Day, a new British national day. For the first time control over some bank holidays is devolved to Wales, and control over a core list of UK-wide bank holidays is reserved to Westminster.
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    A reluctant no given that it will cause division in Northern Ireland and my preference for 11 November as a bank holiday, not 18 June.
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    The issues with Northern Ireland have not been resolved as mentioned during the first reading- I can not support this!
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    Ayes to the right: 20
    Noes to the left: 20
    Abstain: 4

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