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Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with colleagues in other Departments on how awareness of holocaust issues can promote community cohesion. (117281)

My Department is determined to ensure that the genocide committed during the Holocaust is not forgotten, is commemorated with dignity and status, and is communicated to future generations. We provide £500,000 annual funding to the Holocaust Memorial Day charitable trust. We recognise that education has a key role to play in tackling contemporary issues of prejudice, racism and religious intolerance. Both my Department and the Department for Education and Skills (DFES) support the annual Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration, including through the production of free educational resources. The Secretary of State will be attending the UK Holocaust memorial event on 28 January.