BUSINESS QUESTION – 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF NORMANDY LANDINGS – 14 June 2012
Dr Julian Lewis: At this time of year, local groups such as New Forest's Normandy Veterans Association commemorate the greatest amphibious invasion in history. In two years' time, it will be the 70th anniversary of that invasion. May we have a statement from a Defence Minister indicating whether there will be Government support for the surviving veterans to revisit the beaches in 2014 for the 70th anniversary commemorations?
[The Leader of the House of Commons (Sir George Young): Let me begin by commending the fortitude and bravery of those veterans who, 70 years ago, landed on the beaches of Normandy. At this stage, planning for 2014 is in its incipience, but we will mark this important anniversary. The Ministry of Defence plans to work closely with the Normandy Veterans Association, and once planning gets under way, we will discuss with it some key issues, particularly what support we will be able to give to those who want to go to Normandy in person to take part in the commemorative service.]