HC Deb 21 March 2002 vol 382 cc450-1W
Mrs. Fitzsimons

To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on plans for celebrating the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen's accession to the throne. [46091]

The Prime Minister

I announced on 29 January 2002,Official Report, column 205W, the programme of visits and other events throughout the United Kingdom from May to August this year, which will be undertaken by Her Majesty and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, to mark the Golden Jubilee.

I am, therefore, pleased to be able to announce further details of the programme of Jubilee visits to the London boroughs which they will carry out during the summer of this year. Although the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will not be able to visit every borough, their itinerary will enable them to meet as many Londoners as possible.

The programme is as follows:

East London 9 May—The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will visit Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest. The Queen will also visit Barking and Dagenham.

North London 6 June—The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will visit Barnet, Brent and Haringey.

West London 25 June—The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will visit Bushy Park, Gunnersbury Park, Hillingdon and Kingston-upon-Thames.

South London 4 July—The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will visit Croydon, Crystal Palace and Lewisham.

These details, together with further information about other confirmed Golden Jubilee celebrations and events can be found on the searchable calendar of events on the official Golden Jubilee website at http://www.goldenjubilee.gov.uk/. The British Monarchy website at http://www.royal.gov.uk/ also has details of the Queen's programme and other royal engagements. These will be updated throughout the year as confirmation of events is received.