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St George's Day

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many items of correspondence he has received on (a) St. George’s Day and (b) St. Patrick’s Day in the last 12 months. (247741)

As at 13 January we have identified 14 items of correspondence from the last 12 months which have St. George’s Day as the main subject and one item of correspondence that has St. Patrick’s Day as the main subject.

It is possible that further correspondence could mention St. George’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day as secondary issues, but this correspondence could be identified only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to promote St George’s Day in 2009. (247743)

On 23 April, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will fly the St. George’s Flag alongside the Union Flag to celebrate St. George’s Day.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public funding is available from his Department to groups wishing to celebrate St George’s Day. (247744)

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has no public funding available to groups wishing to celebrate St. George’s Day.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether his Department has had discussions with tourism agencies about marking St. George's Day in 2009. (248360)

DCMS has had no specific discussions with tourism agencies about marking St. George's Day in 2009. However VisitEngland and some individual regions will have celebrations to mark St. George's Day in 2009. For example VisitEngland will highlight St. Georges Day events on enjoyengland.com as well as hosting Enjoy England Awards for Excellence on this date.