To ask the Secretary of State for Defence
(1) what plans he has to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings; and what funding his Department is making available to support such an event;
(2) what discussion he has had with (a) ministerial colleagues, (b) veterans' organisations and (c) other interested parties on appropriate ways to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
The Ministry of Defence is working closely with a number of organisations, including the Normandy Veterans' Association, the Royal British Legion and French authorities on plans for this year's 70th anniversary of D-Day. Representatives of all three Services will be in Normandy in June to provide recognition and support for the many veterans who we expect to attend. The Big Lottery Fund has extended its ‘Heroes Return' programme to provide financial support for veterans, widows and carers planning to participate in the commemorations. Further details will be announced in due course.