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Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL14823, tabled on 12 April 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the publication of guidance that requires the Union flag to be flown all year round on UK Government buildings, what plans they have to require UK Government buildings in Wales to also fly the flag of Wales.

Answered on

23 April 2021

Currently, Union flags are only required to be flown on all UK Government buildings on designated days. The new guidance asks for the flag to be flown all year round, unless another flag is being flown – such as another national flag of the UK, or a county flag, or other flags to mark civic pride.

The UK Government would very much encourage flying the Flag of Wales alongside the Union Flag, where there are two flagpoles.

In England, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government will be amending planning rules to allow for two flags to be flown from one flagpole.

We would very much encourage the Welsh Government to make a similar liberalisation to planning rules in Wales, to help champion the shared identities that unite our country.