Embassies: Festivals and Special Occasions

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of Adam Price Adam Price Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government; Culture, Media and Sport; Defence; Transport; Ministry of Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many embassies and other posts held events to celebrate (a) St George's Day, (b) St Andrew's Day and (c) St Patrick's Day in the last 12 months.

Photo of David Miliband David Miliband Foreign Secretary

According to the latest information available, during the last year, the number of our embassies and subordinate posts that held national saint's day events was:

St. George's Day 5
St. Andrew's Day 7
St. Patrick's Day 4

In addition to this, during the last year, the number of our embassies and subordinate posts overseas that publicised the national saints' days via their website and media contacts was:

St. George's Day 11
St. Andrew's Day 18
St. Patrick's Day 9

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Della Petch
Posted on 18 Jul 2008 12:58 pm (Report this annotation)

This is probably because Scotland has its own separte Foreign Ambassadors, embedded in British Embassies and paid for out of British taxes, and is also represented within the British embassies, whereas England has not a single one that represents England?

Still, the erosion of your country for a few crumbs from Gordon is well worth the sacrifice eh, David?