§ Mr. Keetch
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he has plans to re-designate 2 and 52 Infantry Brigades as Rapid Reaction Light Infantry Brigades. 
§ Mr. Ingram
There are no plans to re-designate 2 and 52 Infantry Brigades as Rapid Reaction Light Infantry Brigades.
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I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 8 January 2002, Official Report, column 567W, to the hon. Member for New Forest, West (Mr. Swayne), the two brigades have been re-roled from regional brigade headquarters to provide better command and control arrangements for light infantry role battalions, all of which are currently deployable. The change will bring greater coherence to the way that these units prepare for operations through improved co-ordination of training.