HL Deb 02 April 1968 vol 290 c1220WA

asked Her Majesty's Government:

" Whether they will explain in terms which will be clear to all ranks why they have decided to disband, merge or otherwise obscure the identity of historic county regiments with unrivalled fighting records and no outstanding recruiting problems, while other regiments, no better placed for recruiting purposes, are to retain two battalions."


The selection of particular infantry battalions for reduction was a difficult and painful task for the Army Board. They took many considerations into account and weighed them all with the greatest care. They decided that it would be wrong to make a statement of the reasons for their selections, as to do so could only exacerbate the inevitable pain of reduction. Their selections, which were announced last July, have been loyally accepted. It would be especially wrong to reopen old wounds by making such a statement now.

House adjourned at twenty-four minutes before five o'clock.