Easter Act 1928

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Easter Act 1928
Long title An Act to regulate the date of Easter Day and days or other periods and occasions depending thereon.
Citation c. 35
Introduced by Sir John Simon
Territorial extent United Kingdom
(England and Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
The Isle of Man
The Channel Islands
"His Majesty in Council may by Order extend this Act to any other part of His Majesty’s dominions, except such parts as are mentioned in Part I of the Schedule to this Act, and to any territory under His Majesty’s protection in which His Majesty has jurisdiction, and to any territory in respect of which a mandate on behalf of the League of Nations has been accepted by His Majesty, other than the territories mentioned in Part II of the said Schedule"
Dates
Royal assent 3 August 1928
Commencement Never been in force [1][2]
Other legislation
Amended by 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
Repealed by Repealed by implication by the Statute of Westminster 1931, the British North America Act 1949 (Newfoundland Act, 1949), the Malta Independence Act 1964, the Malta Republic Act 1975, the Papua New Guinea, Western Samoa and Nauru (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1980, the Canada Act 1982 and the Scotland Act 1998
Relates to 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Text of statute as originally enacted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 passed and enacted in 1928 concerning the date for Easter, but has never come into force or become implemented. 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 purpose of the Act was to empower the Home Secretary and the Home Office, to set in the United Kingdom (and also on the Isle of Man and also on the Channel Islands; and potentially also other parts of the British Empire (excluding certain other specifically excepted territories to which this Act was not intended to apply), by the Colonial Secretary and the Colonial Office, by Order-in-Council), to set a separate date for Easter for secular British (and British Islands) State purposes, and to determine when such a date would fall, rather following the established (British) Christian date for Easter as a Christian (at least in Western Christendom) moveable feast.

The Act requires the agreement (in the form of the resolutions) of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, before the Prime Minister of the day may direct the Home Secretary to request the King or the Queen of the day to approve and issue a Commencement Order in Council, on condition that “before making such draft order, regard shall be had to any opinion officially expressed by any Church or other Christian body”.

Although the subject has been raised occasionally in Parliament in the decades since, the Act has never been brought into force.

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