HC Deb 16 June 1992 vol 209 cc498-9W
Mr. Home Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list those service display teams currently in existence, showing the annual cost to defence funds of each team, the value and source of commercial sponsorship of each such display team, and the number of public engagements in the last full year of their operation.

Mr. Aitken

Details of established service display teams are contained in the table. Where costs are not shown, figures are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In addition, individual service units may form their own local display teams, but information on these is also not held centrally. All service personnel associated with military display teams have operational roles. The commercial sponsors listed may provide financial or other assistance, for example, equipment or services. The value of such support is commercially confidential.

Display team Public performances 1991 Full cost (FY91/92) £k Commercial sponsors
Royal Navy Field Gun Crews (Devonport, Portsmouth and Fleet Air Arm) 50 470 Walls, Hogg Robinson, DML, Legal Protection Group, Taunton Cider.
Royal Signals Motor Cycle Display Team (The White Helmets) 87 Sealink, Ford, Leyland DAF, Dunlop.
Parachute Regiment Display Team (The Red Devils) 86 News International.
Army Air Corps Historic Flight 14 Lynx Removals.
Army Air Corp Helicopter Display Team (The Eagles) 36 None.
Household Cavalry Musical Ride 71 None.
Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery Musical Ride 42 None.
Red Arrows 71 22,165 British Aerospace, Breitling, Land Rover, Total Oil, Cellnet, Butget Rent-A-Car.
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight 334 (see note 1) 909 Rover Cars, Aviation Leathercraft, Rolls Royce British Aerospace, Monarch Airlines, Wickenby Flying Club.
RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team 81 825 Minolta Cameras, Colab Photographic Processing, Samsonite, Luggage, Sonic Communications, Direct Telecom Services, Air Care.
RAF Vulcan Display Flight 33 292 Nokia, Henderson Line Rental, Flypast Magazine
RAF Queen's Colour Squadron 56 986 None.
RAF Police Dog Demonstration Team 70 459 Spillers.

Note: Includes solo performances by individual Flight aircraft.

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