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Olympic Games 2012: Red Arrows

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Minister for the Olympics whether she has invited the Red Arrows to perform at the 2012 Olympics. (203808)

It is not the job of the Government to make decisions about which organisations should perform at the 2012 Olympics. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic games and Paralympic games has the responsibility for deciding what to include in celebrations during the 2012 games. With four years to go, decisions are yet to be made on who will participate in the celebrations, but we want to make sure that they will be a spectacular showcase of Britain's best. I have made it clear many times that reports that the Government have banned the Red Arrows from being part of celebrations in 2012 are wholly without foundation.