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Flags

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many days since May 1997 the St. George's flag has been flown from his Department's buildings. (77733)

[holding answer 15 June 2006]: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport issue the guidance for flying flags on Government buildings, which includes the list of dates, to Government Departments every year, usually at the end of December. This includes flying the St. George's flag on St. George's day, 23 April, and the European flag on Europe day, 9 May. It also informs Government Departments as and when there are any additional flag flying days. The Department for Work and Pensions will adhere to this guidance.

The guidance can be found on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport website at www.culture.gov.uk/flagflying.

The Department for Work and Pensions was formed in June 2001. Therefore the St. George's flag has been flown five times from Department's buildings.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department’s policy is on flying the (a) St. George’s flag and (b) EU flag from departmental buildings. (77734)

[holding answer 15 June 2006]: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport issue the guidance for flying flags on Government buildings, which includes the list of dates, to Government Departments every year, usually at the end of December. This includes flying the St. George’s flag on St. George’s day, the 23 April, and European flag on Europe day, 9 May. It also informs Government Departments as and when there are any additional flag flying days. The Department for Work and Pensions will adhere to this guidance.

The guidance can be found on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport website at www.culture.gov.uk/flagflying

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure the Union flag is flown from his Department's buildings on every day the offices are open. (77735)

[holding answer 15 June 2006]: The Department for Work and Pensions follows the rules and guidance on flag flying issued by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. These rules are approved by the Queen on advice from the Department. There are no plans at present to change the number of days flags can be flown from Government buildings.

Guidance can be found on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport website at www.culture.gov.uk/flagflying.