Battle of Waterloo: Anniversaries

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proposals she is considering for the formal commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Planning for the commemoration, in 2015, of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo is being carried out by Waterloo 200, an umbrella organisation which is overseeing the anniversary. More information can be found on its website at the following link:

www.waterloo200.org

In the June 2013 budget, the Chancellor announced funding circa £1 million will be allocated to restore the site of the battle.

I was also pleased to announce in October 2013 that at least £10 million is being set aside by the Heritage Lottery Fund over the next four years to fund projects marking some of the UK's most important anniversaries and commemorative events, like the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. Further online guidance and advice will be available to applicants later this month at:

www.hlf.org.uk

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