Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Flags

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 6th December 2018.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Co-National Campaign Coordinator, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether his Department has displayed county flags to commemorate annual county days at its Marsham Street building in 2018.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Commemorating county days forms an important part of our nation’s rich and historic heritage and it is only right that county days should be celebrated by communities across our great nation.

The Department does not routinely display county flags and has not displayed any this year. I am, however, happy to consider individual requests from Hon Members to display county flags for their respective counties, on county days.

The hon Member will be pleased to know my Department amended planning regulations to allow local and county flags to be flown by individuals without planning permission, and published a plain English guide to flying flags.

A copy of the guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flying-flags-a-plain-english-guide.

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