MP secures good news for Air Cadets in Wales
Madeleine Moon MP received confirmation from the Ministry of Defence yesterday that Air Cadets will still be able to enjoy the experience of gliding in Wales.
The news follows a long campaign with fellow MP, Byron Davies (MP for Gower), to maintain access to gliding for Air Cadets after an announcement by the Ministry of Defence that Volunteer Gliding Squadrons in Wales would be disbanded. Mrs. Moon and Mr. Davies met with Defence Minister, Mark Lancaster, last week to discuss solutions to ensure air cadets in Wales could still have access to lessons.
In Defence Questions in the House of Commons yesterday, the Minister announced a compromise solution during an exchange with Mrs. Moon;
Madeleine Moon MP: The hon. Member for Gower (Byron Davies) and I have been campaigning to bring opportunities to Air Cadets in Wales to experience gliding in Wales. We were promised at a meeting in the Ministry of Defence last week that a decision was pending. Is it good news or bad news?
Mark Lancaster (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State): It is good news. The hon. Lady and my hon. Friend the Member for Gower (Byron Davies) have been absolute champions when it comes to pursuing the opportunity for cadets in Wales to glide in Wales, so I am pleased to announce that I will facilitate summer gliding camps at St Athan on a trial basis next summer, with a view to continuing them in future.
Madeleine said, “We are very pleased that the Minister took on board our concerns about the loss of the Squadrons and has made this offer which goes some way to ensuring Air Cadets in Wales can have gliding lessons.