Dan Jarvis – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Dan Jarvis on 2016-01-11.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on the Government’s plans to commemorate (a) the First World War and (b) the Battle of the Somme.

Tracey Crouch

Since the Prime Minister set out plans for the Centenary in October 2012 the Government has delivered highly successful commemorative events for the start of the First World War and the Gallipoli Campaign.

In May 2016, commemorative events will be held for the Battle of Jutland, and in July 2016, we will mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme by holding national events at the Thiepval Memorial in France, at Manchester Cathedral, and at Heaton Park. In addition, a national vigil will be held at Westminster Abbey, and there will also be vigils in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Other centenary activities such as the UK Tour of the “poppies” and the national repair and conservation of War memorials also continue, more details can be found at