§ Bob Russell
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 23 June 2003,Official Report, column 535W, on regiment vacancies, if he will reinstate the Third Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment. 
§ Mr. Caplin
The Strategic Defence Review, and the New Chapter that we published last year, remain the foundation for the shape, size and capabilities of our Armed Forces. There are, therefore, no plans to reinstate the Third Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment. The Government intend to publish a Defence White Paper in the autumn which will provide an updated statement of defence policy and explain our plans for the delivery of enhanced defence capability.