§ Mr. Bob Russell
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 19 July 1999,Official Report, column 426, on the Royal Tournament, if he will arrange for performances of the Royal Military Tattoo 2000 to be staged at principal garrison towns in addition to those at Horse Guards Parade in London. 
§ Mr. George Robertson
The Royal Military Tattoo 2000 is the Armed Forces' flagship contribution to the nation's Millennium celebrations with a theme of Defence of the Realm: Past, Present and Future. It will combine pageantry, son et lumière and state of the art technology and has been specifically design for production on Horse Guards Parade. It is not suited to being staged at other venues around the country without major modification and considerable additional expense.