HL Deb 26 May 2004 vol 661 cc148-9WA
Lord Lucas

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot.[HL2737]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (Lord Filkin)

The Government have no plans to celebrate this anniversary. However, officials within Parliament are planning an exhibition to mark the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot which will be held in Westminster Hall between July and December 2005. The purpose of the exhibition will be to provide a serious and dispassionate introduction to the plot in a location central to the actual scene of the historical events. It will seek to engage the interest of the public in parliamentary history and with the work of Parliament. Some of the national museums and galleries will also be participating in this initiative, and mounting displays of their own material in connection with the quater-centenary.