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Falklands War

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what preparations are being made to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Falklands war; (98049)

(2) what grants are available to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Falklands war at Chorley Cenotaph;

(3) what discussions he has had with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on preparations for the 25th anniversary of the Falklands war;

(4) what steps have been taken to ensure that all veterans of the Falklands war have the opportunity to participate in commemoration of the 25th anniversary.

I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my predecessor on 27 April 2006, Official Report, column 54WS in which he outlined plans to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Falklands conflict both here in the UK and in the Falkland Islands. Preparations for these events are proceeding well and more details, including how veterans can apply for tickets, will be provided to the House on 13 November, in parallel with a media launch the same day.

We are having close discussions with a range of stakeholders, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and veterans’ organisations, about the nature of the commemorations planned.

Grants are not available from my Department for local commemorations but the organisers of the Chorley event may wish to consider applying to the Awards for All scheme (A4A) which is run by the Big Lottery Fund.