Ministers have backed calls for the national anthem to be played more frequently by the BBC and other public broadcasters.
Andrew Rosindell (Romford) told the House of Commons in a questions session today:
“I know the minister will agree that the singing of the national anthem is something that provides great sense of unity and pride in our nation.
“So in this year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, will the minister take steps to encourage public broadcasters to play the national anthem and ensure the BBC restores it at the end of the day’s programming before it switches to News 24?”
In response Culture minister Chris Philp told MPs:
“The more that we hear the national anthem sung, frankly, the better. Organisations like schools are free to promote it and the more we can do in this area the better it’ll be.”
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries could be heard saying “fantastic” and frontbencher Mr Philp added:
“We fully support the signing of the national anthem, Her Majesty the Queen and other expressions of patriotism – including the flying of the Union Jack.”