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Olympic Games: Greater London

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether the Red Arrows will be appearing at the 2012 London Olympics; and if she will make a statement. (158443)

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what plans there are to include the Red Arrows in the opening or closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics. [158444]

Newspaper claims that the Government have banned or advised against the Red Arrows’ involvement in the Opening Ceremony or any other celebrations associated with the 2012 games are completely untrue and unfounded.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is responsible for deciding what to include in the Opening Ceremony and other celebrations. No decisions have yet been taken about the content. The Red Arrows have already played a memorable role in the celebrations, when they flew over Trafalgar Square to mark London winning the games.