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Flags

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what role her Department plays in (a) the process by which counties may establish their own flags and (b) the planning permission rules relating to the flying of county flags; and how many counties have established such flags. (200925)

Communities and Local Government plays no part in the process by which counties may establish their own flags. Similarly, we hold no records on how many counties have established such flags.

Under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 flags come within the definition of “advertisement”. The rules relating to the flying of county flags are to be found in the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007, which came into force on 6 April 2007. Under Class H Schedule 1 of these Regulations certain flags, including those of any English county, may be flown without requiring the express consent of the local authority in whose territory they are being flown, provided that neither the flag nor the flagstaff displays any advertisement or subject matter additional to the design of the flag.