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Volume 457: debated on Wednesday 7 March 2007

17. To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what events have been agreed to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. (125515)

The Government are supporting and facilitating events being staged by grassroots, community and faith groups across the country throughout 2007. They are also supporting museums, heritage organisations and local councils that are staging their own commemorative exhibitions and events.

Government have not directed how local communities should commemorate the year; events planned locally are most appropriate and relevant to the communities in which they are staged.

The hon. Member is aware of the commemorations being planned in the city of Hull, for which I hope she will be joining my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and myself.