Red Arrows

Defence – in the House of Commons on 3rd February 2020.

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Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara Conservative, North West Cambridgeshire

What progress his Department has made on determining a new location for the Red Arrows.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Work on previously announced potential basing options is ongoing. No final decisions have yet been made.

Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara Conservative, North West Cambridgeshire

I am most grateful to the Minister for those comments. We in North West Cambridgeshire firmly believe that RAF Wittering would be the ideal new home for the Red Arrows. With that in mind, will he kindly agree to stay in close contact with me throughout this process in case he or his officials require any further information? Of course, I would be happy to have another ministerial meeting if it would help to press our case further.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

I am grateful for my hon. Friend’s offer of assistance. I assure him that all three potential basing options are still being considered. I would welcome the opportunity to meet him and other interested colleagues in the very near future.