Schools: Platinum Jubilee 2022

Department for Education written question – answered on 22nd June 2022.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many of the Platinum Jubilee books procured for schools to mark the occasion have (a) been earmarked for use as ministerial gifts, (b) been earmarked for delivery, or have been delivered, to schools, (c) were delivered to schools ahead of the half term holiday which included the Jubilee weekend, (d) have since been delivered to schools and (e) remain to be delivered to schools.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, Minister of State (Education)

The department is due to deliver over 4.6 million copies of 'Queen Elizabeth: A Platinum Jubilee Celebration' to schools in England and Northern Ireland. This represents 4,513,000 copies for schools in England, and 184,541 copies for schools in Northern Ireland.

The department has given 40 books as ministerial gifts. Between 16 May and 20 June 2022, 2,411,000 copies of the book were delivered to schools. 562,000 of these were delivered ahead of the Jubilee weekend. All books have been delivered to schools in Northern Ireland. There are approximately 2,389,000 books still to be delivered to schools in England by 11 July 2022.

The Scottish and Welsh Governments requested that the department run an opt-in process, giving their schools the choice of whether to order books. The number of books required is being finalised. They will be printed over the summer and delivered to schools in September.

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