Big Ben to fall silent during Thatcher's funeral, Bercow says

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Big Ben will remain silent on Wednesday during Baroness Thatcher's funeral as a mark of respect to the former Conservative prime minister, Commons Speaker John Bercow has said.

In a statement to MPs on 15 April 2013, Mr Bercow said he had received a number of suggestions about how Parliament could pay its respects to Lady Thatcher following her death last week at the age of 87.

He told MPs that the move would be "an appropriate means of indicating our sentiments" during the occasion.

There was a "profound dignity through silence", Mr Bercow added.

The silence will last throughout events on Wednesday, including the procession from Westminster and the ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral.

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude responded to the announcement on behalf of the government, welcoming the decision.

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