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War Memorials

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

9. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on consulting regimental associations on the protection of war memorials. (257888)

The Ministry of Defence officially commemorates the final resting place of all those who die in service. The UK Government contribute close to £40 million each year towards the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to mark and maintain the graves, and the official memorials for those who have no known grave, of the Commonwealth Service personnel who died during the two World Wars.

However, the Department does not have the responsibility for war memorials. This responsibility rests with the owner of the memorial, which is normally a local authority, a private individual or organisation.