First World War: Commemoration

House of Lords written question – answered on 24 October 2012.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they will give to the plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014.

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On 11 October the Prime Minister announced a package of support for commemorations of the First World War. This package includes £5 million from the Treasury in support of the Transforming Imperial War Museum project and £5.3 million jointly funded by the Department for Education and the Department for Communities and Local Government, which will allow pupils and teachers from every maintained secondary school in England the chance to go on a tour of the great battlefields, and take part in remembrance ceremonies on the Western Front. In addition, at least £10 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable young people working in their communities to conserve, explore and share local heritage of the First World War. Also, a grant of up to £1 million from the National Heritage Memorial Fund will support HMS "Caroline". She will now have a secure future in Belfast, where thousands of people will be able to visit her and learn about her unique role in the First World War.

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