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National Identity

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether he has had discussions on the possibility of introducing a UK-wide British Day; and if he will make a statement. (227732)

I have been asked to reply as the Minister responsible for the Governance of Britain agenda.

The Prime Minister asked Lord Goldsmith to carry out a review of citizenship as part of the Governance of Britain programme. Lord Goldsmith reported to the Prime Minister in March 2008. Among his recommendations was considering the case for creating a national day focused on ideas about shared citizenship.

A number of Lord Goldsmith’s recommendations merit further consideration across Government and will be taken into account in discussion and debate on policy development in these areas. However, there are no plans to introduce a national day at the present time.