BBC and schools should play national anthem more frequently, say ministers

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  • Andrew Rosindell
    British politician (born 1966)

Watch: Andrew Rosindell MP asks if public broadcasters should be encouraged to play the national anthem

Ministers have backed calls for the national anthem to be played more often by the BBC and in schools to stoke a “sense of unity and pride” in the country. 

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell said the Government should take steps to encourage public broadcasters to play God Save The Queen every evening before the end of programming. 

He told the Commons: “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?”

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries could be heard saying “fantastic” in response to Mr Rosindell’s question.

Culture minister and Croydon South MP Chris Philp added that the “more we hear the national anthem sung the better” and schools should be encouraged to get children to sing it. 

He said: “We fully support the singing of the national anthem, Her Majesty the Queen and other expressions of patriotism - including the flying of the Union Jack.”

“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.”

BBC Radio 4 currently ends its daily programming just before 1am with a rendition of the national anthem following the Shipping Forecast before handing over to the BBC World Service

BBC One stopped playing the song nightly in November 1997 when the channel went 24 hours, following regular programming with rolling news.  

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