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Former minister calls for fixed Easter date using century-old law

by Lydia Davies

Sir Greg Knight, who served as an industry minister under the leadership of Thatcher, Major, and Cameron, has spoken out about setting a fixed date for Easter.

He suggests the activation of the Easter Act of 1928, which would designate Easter to occur on the first Sunday after the second Saturday in April every year.

Knight told the Sunday Express that this adjustment would benefit families and businesses by introducing predictability and increasing the chance of experiencing pleasant spring weather during Easter festivities.

He said: "The unpredictable variation of Easter's date from 22nd March to 25th April poses challenges for planning in both the commercial sector and among families."

Kevin Hollinrake, Business and Trade Minister, said: “The Easter Act 1928 remains registered on the statute book but has yet to be enacted. Its activation would necessitate an order in Council approved by both Houses of Parliament.”

In 2016, The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, disclosed his collaborative efforts with other Christian denominations to settle on a consistent day for Easter within his tenure.

A spokesperson from the Church of England remarked that there have been no formal dialogues about unifying the date of Easter since the international church community's response to the World Council of Churches' report in 1997.

She informed a news publication: “There have been no formal discussions on a common date of Easter since the turn of the millennium when churches globally addressed the World Council of Churches report, 'Towards a Common Date for Easter.'”

As it stands, churches have not reached a consensus in favor of a fixed date for Easter.

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