Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Archive
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Wednesday, June 23, 1999 Published at 12:17 GMT 13:17 UK


UK

Extra millennium holiday confirmed

Revellers can enjoy an extra holiday this year

New Year's Eve this year will be an extra one-off Bank Holiday, the Queen has proclaimed.

The Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 enables the Queen to appoint substitute or special Bank Holidays in any one year by Royal Proclamation.

The Culture Secretary, Chris Smith, said the extra holiday would give people time to get ready for the millennium celebrations.

It was proposed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which is in charge of the government's preparations for the millennium celebrations.

"This holiday will take its place alongside the emerging range of exciting activities that will take place during the first weekend of the year 2000 across the UK, many of which will benefit from support through grants of Lottery money being made available by the Millennium Commission," said Mr Smith.

In June 1997, Mr Smith said the government favoured an additional holiday on December 31 1999 to reflect the special significance of the year 2000 in the consciousness of the public and to give people time to prepare for the celebrations.

Key organisations representing local government, the Churches, emergency services and financial, business and transport sectors were invited to express their views on the proposal during a consultation period.

A total of 85% of the organisations consulted agreed with the proposal, and last year the government said it intended to proceed with the additional holiday and the date would be included in the Queen's annual proclamation of Bank Holidays.





Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©


UK Contents

Northern Ireland
Scotland
Wales
England

Relevant Stories

21 Jun 99 | UK
Hume's millennium prayer plea wrangle





In this section

Next steps for peace

Blairs' surprise over baby

Bowled over by Lord's

Beef row 'compromise' under fire

Hamilton 'would sell mother'

Industry misses new trains target

From Sport
Quins fightback shocks Cardiff

From Business
Vodafone takeover battle heats up

IRA ceasefire challenge rejected

Thousands celebrate Asian culture

From Sport
Christie could get two-year ban

From Entertainment
Colleagues remember Compo

Mother pleads for baby's return

Toys withdrawn in E.coli health scare

From Health
Nurses role set to expand

Israeli PM's plane in accident

More lottery cash for grassroots

Pro-lifers plan shock launch

Double killer gets life

From Health
Cold 'cure' comes one step closer

From UK Politics
Straw on trial over jury reform

Tatchell calls for rights probe into Mugabe

Ex-spy stays out in the cold

From UK Politics
Blair warns Livingstone

From Health
Smear equipment `misses cancers'

From Entertainment
Boyzone star gets in Christmas spirit

Fake bubbly warning

Murder jury hears dead girl's diary

From UK Politics
Germ warfare fiasco revealed

Blair babe triggers tabloid frenzy

Tourists shot by mistake

A new look for News Online