HC Deb 25 March 2002 vol 382 cc735-6W
Tim Loughton

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what arrangements his Department has made to celebrate(a) St. Patrick's Day, (b) St. George's Day, (c) St. Andrew's Day and (d) Her Majesty the Queen's Golden Jubilee; and how his Department celebrated St. David's Day. [42296]

Ruth Kelly

[holding answer 11 March 2002]: There are certain days of the year known as "named days" when the Union flag must be flown from Government buildings. The days include St. David's Day (in Wales), St. George's Day (in England), St. Andrew's Day (in Scotland) but not St. Patrick's Day.

The Union flag will be flown on the Treasury building on Coronation Day (2 June) as this is a named day. Whether the Treasury will further celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee will depend on the outcome of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport's current consideration of the Union flag flying protocol procedure for the Jubilee.

I would also refer the hon. Member to the answer the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport gave to the hon. Member for Suffolk South (Mr. Yeo) on II February 2002 Official Report, columns 58–59W. In the Treasury, all staff will he given an additional public holiday on 4 June 2002 to celebrate Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee.