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Magna Carta: Anniversaries

Justice written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Ben Gummer Ben Gummer Conservative, Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in 2015.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

My noble friend Lord McNally has ministerial responsibility for the Government's participation in the five-year programme of celebrations for the 800th anniversary, launched at an internationally televised event at Runnymede on 12 November 2010.

He is working closely with the Magna Carta Trust to increase awareness of the anniversary both in the UK and overseas in a series of high profile public and media events which will include celebrations in the five Charter Towns-Canterbury, Runnymede, London, St Albans, and Bury St Edmunds-and at other historic venues throughout the UK in the lead up to the anniversary in June 2015.

I understand that a major exhibition is planned for the British Library and, abroad, others are planned at the National Archive in Washington, D.C., and in Canberra, Australia.

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