Easter Act 1928
|Long title||An Act to regulate the date of Easter Day and days or other periods and occasions depending thereon.|
|Introduced by||Sir John Simon|
|Territorial extent||United Kingdom; British Empire|
|Royal Assent||August 3, 1928|
|Amendments||Eire (Confirmation of Agreements) Act 1938; Indian Independence Act 1947; Ireland Act 1949; Newfoundland (Consequential Provisions) Act 1950; South Africa Act 1962; Zimbabwe Act 1979|
|Related legislation||Calendar (New Style) Act 1750|
|Status: Not yet in force|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Revised text of statute as amended|
The Easter Act 1928 (c. 35) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom first passed in 1928 but not implemented.
The purpose of the Act is to provide a fixed date for Easter rather than the current moveable feast. The effect would be to establish Easter Sunday as the Sunday following the second Saturday in April, resulting in Easter Sunday being between 9 April and 15 April.
The Act is so phrased as to require the agreement of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords before the Government may issue a Commencement Order. It also requires the opinion of all relevant churches be taken into account although does not require their consent. Although, the subject is raised occasionally in Parliament, this agreement has not been achieved.
- Official text of the Easter Act 1928 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database
- House of Lords Hansard (Hansard), 11 March 1999, columns 455 et seq.: Easter Act 1928 (Commencement) Bill
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