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Volume 697: debated on Wednesday 9 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which flags are flown at the London buildings of (a) the Scotland Office; (b) the Wales office; and (c) the Northern Ireland Office. [HL1068]

In July 2007, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport decided that government buildings in England, should have the freedom to fly the union flag when they want, until a longer-term decision is taken following the consultation on flag flying. Since then, the Scotland Office in London has been flying the union flag and the saltire at all times and the Welsh Office in London has flown the union flag and the Welsh dragon at all times. The Northern Ireland Office does not occupy its own building but is a tenant of another Crown agency whose policy is to fly the union flag.