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Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 27th March 2008.

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Photo of Dawn Butler Dawn Butler Labour, Brent South

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to mark Saint George's day on 23 April 2008.

Photo of Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport issue the guidance for flying flags on Government buildings. This includes recommending flying the St. George's flag on St. George's day on 23 April on buildings with two or more flag poles, provided it is flown alongside the Union flag with the Union flag in the superior position.

Two of CLG's HQ buildings, Eland House and Ashdown House, have a second flag pole, and the St. George's flag will be flown on these to celebrate St. George's day.

The Secretary of State has also written to the Local Government Association urging them to encourage all local authorities to think about how they might mark St. George's day in their own area.

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