First World War (Commemoration)

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 4:47 pm on 26th June 2014.

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Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 4:47 pm, 26th June 2014

I thank hon. Members from across the House who have spoken today, and I have listened with great attention to what they have said. Many have spoken with passion, and tears at times, and I will refer to as many contributions as possible in the time allowed.

The Under-Secretary of State for Defence, my hon. Friend Dr Murrison, set out at the beginning of the debate what the Government are doing for the first world war centenary, so I will not rehearse that now. The commemoration will be accessible and relevant to all parts of the country. It will reach out to young people, as custodians of the first world war legacy, and we will be mindful of our present-day friendships, both with our former adversaries and with the Commonwealth.