§ Mr. Trimble
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer of 13 May,Official Report, columns 553–54, by what Act or instrument the Government of Northern Ireland adopted the Northern Ireland flag; and for what purpose it was adopted.
§ Sir Patrick Mayhew
The official flag of Northern Ireland is the Union flag. In 1924, the Government of Northern Ireland was granted arms by royal warrant and had the right to display these arms on a flag or banner. In 1953, they exercised this right by giving assent to the flying of such a flag, known as the "Ulster Banner", on festive occasions.