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Slave Trade

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has for a national day to mark the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire. (99817)

The Government will be making announcements in due course on a package of action, how we communicate what we are doing on slavery and on race equality more widely.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will announce her plans to commemorate the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire. (99818)

The Government are working with stakeholders to develop plans to mark the 200th anniversary of the 1807 Abolition of the Slave Trade Act.

The 2007 Bicentenary Advisory Group met on 17 October and the Government will be making an announcement in due course about their plans to mark the bicentenary.

Preparations in central Government are well under way and there will be a number of activities to ensure the bicentenary is properly recognised.

The Advisory Group will galvanise action across cultural, faith and community sectors to ensure that 2007 makes an impact across the country and that the bicentenary is relevant to local communities.