Union Flag

Justice written question – answered on 14th June 2010.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on flying the Union flag each day from each official building for which his Department is responsible.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The information requested is as follows and covers the Ministry of Justice estate including HM Prisons, HMCS and Tribunal Services buildings that have functioning flag poles.

The Ministry of Justice has no corporate policy for flag flying in place. Instead we follow the Department for Culture, Media and Sport guidance for the flying of the Union flag on UK Government buildings. The guidance encourages the Union flag to be flown 365 days a year, and as a minimum all Departments must fly the Union flag on the 19 special designated days, e.g. Queen's birthday, Remembrance Day, etc. and other special occasions as required, e.g. State Opening of Parliament.

The Ministry of Justice flies the Union flag 365 days of the year, with the exceptions being flag pole maintenance, flag cleaning and special instruction from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

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