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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 14th July 2014.

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Photo of Karl McCartney Karl McCartney Conservative, Lincoln 2:30 pm, 14th July 2014

I recently attended the wonderful and much loved annual RAF Waddington international air show, but the Minister will know that next year’s show has been cancelled by the board of the RAF to accommodate refurbishment work to the runway. Although I am pleased that the work is taking place, the air show generates more than £12 million for the Lincolnshire economy and about £500,000 for forces charities, so can the Minister reassure me and my constituents that the air show will return to the base in “bomber county” north of London in 2016-17, and certainly in time for the 100-year anniversary of the RAF?