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Ministry of Defence: Flags

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 5283, tabled on 17 July 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what occasions in the last three years a non-national, non-military flag has been formally flown at any or all of his Department's sites in the UK.

Answered on

20 July 2017

Government policy on the flying of flags on Government buildings is owned by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and Ministry of Defence (MOD) regulations are set out in Queen's Regulations. These regulations do not include the flying of political campaign flags at MOD sites. The Department has flown the following non-national and non-military flags at Whitehall and other sites over the last three years:

Rainbow Flag - annually during Pride Fortnight and other Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender events

Transgender Flag - annually on 31 March.

In addition, the Army routinely flies the Armed Forces Day Flag at all Army sites to mark Armed Forces Day.

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