World War One: Anniversaries

Church Commissioners written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the hon. Member for Banbury, representing the Church Commissioners, what plans the Church Commissioners have to hold a national service of commemoration to coincide with the 100(th) anniversary of the (a) start and (b) end of the first world war; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry The Second Church Estates Commissioner

Although this is not a matter for the Church Commissioners, the Church of England is consulting with my hon. Friend Dr Murrison, in his capacity as the Prime Minister’s special representative for this most important commemoration. Although initial conversations have taken place, specific plans are yet to be set with representatives of the Church and Westminster Abbey. Following the moving service to commemorate the ‘Passing of the WW1 Generation’ in 2009 and given the building is the home to the ‘Grave of the Unknown Warrior’, Westminster Abbey would seem a most appropriate place for a national service to take place. The Church of England and colleagues at Westminster Abbey look forward to continuing discussions with my hon. Friend Dr Murrison, to develop an appropriate form of national service as part of the commemorations being planned by Her Majesty’s Government.

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