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Armed Forces: Parades

Defence written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will bring forward proposals to increase the number of military tattoos held each year; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Military tattoos take place in a number of towns and cities across the UK and are generally organised on a commercial basis, although most are set up and run for charitable purposes.

The major tattoos that the services plan to support this year (as in previous years) include the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo and the Royal International Air Tattoo (held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire). Units from the army supported the first Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo last year and it is planned to widen participation this year to include elements from the RN and RAF as well. Other tattoos, such as Birmingham, Aldershot and Durham, have also been supported by military assets in recent years and it is understood that the City of Cardiff are seeking to introduce a Cardiff tattoo in the coming years.

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