World War I: Centenry

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport

(1) with which countries his Department has had discussions in respect of (a) joint events and (b) a UK presence at overseas events to commemorate the centenary of the first world war; on what dates any such discussions took place; and if he will make a statement;

(2) how many officials in his Department are engaged (a) full-time and (b) part-time in preparations to commemorate the centenary of the first world war; and if he will make a statement;

(3) if he will give consideration to applying a motif on all commemorative items and events associated with the 100th anniversary of the first world war; and if he will make a statement;

(4) if he will consider providing funding to refurbish war graves and war memorials (a) in the UK and (b) overseas to commemorate the centenary of the first world war; and if he will make a statement;

(5) how much funding the Government has allocated for commemorations of the centenary of the first world war; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The Prime Minister has asked my hon. Friend Dr Murrison to act as his Special Representative and Co-ordinator for World War I Commemorations, with secretariat support from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. In addition to a series of meetings with international colleagues and attending an all nations meeting in Paris in March 2012, Dr Murrison holds monthly meetings with a core liaison group incorporating cross-Whitehall Departments, the Imperial War Museum, Heritage Lottery Fund, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and others to ensure that the UK plays a full and active role in commemorating the centenary of the first world war. A number of proposals are being discussed and the Government expects to announce more details later in the year.

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