Government Departments: Flags

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 5th 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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether (a) Downing Street and (b) other government buildings in Whitehall display county flags to commemorate annual county days.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

There is no specific government policy regarding the flying of flags and no guidance is issued to government departments to display county flags to commemorate annual county days.

However, current planning regulations allow local and county flags to be flown by individuals without planning permission, and as such government buildings may choose to display the relevant county flag on the respective county days. Unfortunately, as flag flying is now deregulated, DCMS does not hold records on the flying of flags by other government departments, other than on the designated days for flying the Union Flag.

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