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World War I: Anniversaries

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Keith Simpson Keith Simpson Conservative, Broadland

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to mark the 100(th) anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

holding answer 21 October 2011

Traditionally, we mark the anniversary of the conclusion of a conflict rather than its beginning. So the main commemorations will be on the centenary of the end of the First World War in 1918. However, given the importance of the centenary of World War 1, a number of anniversaries of key events from 2014 to 2018, including the beginning of the war, will be marked in an appropriate way. The Prime Minister has asked my hon. Friend Dr Murrison, to act as his Special Representative and Co-ordinator for World War 1 Commemorations. Dr Murrison will work with international partners to ensure that the UK plays a full and active role; and will co-ordinate the cross-Whitehall effort in respect of the commemorations.

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