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Lord Sharman: My Lords, before the Minister sits down, perhaps he could clarify something that I thought that I heard him say for the record. I thought that I heard him say twice, "knowingly and recklessly", not "knowingly or recklessly". "Knowingly and recklessly" would go a long way to solving my concerns with the clause.

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: No, my Lords, if I did not say it, I meant, "knowingly or recklessly". It is rather difficult to know how you can have knowingly and recklessly together. It is knowingly or recklessly.

Baroness Noakes: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that comprehensive reply which, of course, we will have to study in detail. I also thank him on behalf of the noble Baroness, Lady Goudie, for the offer of reconsidering the aspect that she raised in her amendment, which is important, before Third Reading. I must tell the Minister that we remain unconvinced that letting the Bill proceed with the offence as drafted is the proper way forward. I still think that the Government have not produced any evidence that the offence is necessary. It seems to be made up on the basis of hypothetical situations that officials sitting in Victoria Street dream up about what auditors say to finance directors when they are having a drink. Frankly, it is ludicrous.

We will consider the matter very carefully between now and Third Reading. We will obviously want to discuss the contents of the Minister's speech with those outside who have a particular concern. I am sure that we shall return to it again on Third Reading. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

[Amendments Nos. 330 to 335 not moved.]

Lord Sainsbury of Turville: My Lords, I beg to move that further consideration on Report be now adjourned.

Moved accordingly and, on Question, Motion agreed to.

Written Statements

Wednesday 10 May 2006


 
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Army: Infantry Regimental Headquarters

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): My right honourable friend the Minister of State for the Armed Forces (Adam Ingram) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

In the Written Statement made by my right honourable friend the former Secretary of State for Defence on 24 November (Official Report, cols. WS 143–47), he informed the House of work which, as part of future infantry structure (FIS), would examine the supporting infrastructure of infantry regimental headquarters (RHQs) to ensure that they can effectively support the infantry in the future. This work has now concluded and the new arrangements are set out in the tables below.

The Assistant Chief of the General Staff has concluded a review of RHQs and I have endorsed the finding that a single RHQ will be established for each infantry regiment, supported as necessary by a network of outstations to maintain the traditional regimental footprint. This format closely mirrors that already adopted by a number of existing multi-battalion regiments, such as the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the Royal Anglian Regiment. In line with the overall reduction in regiments post-FIS implementation, in the region on 15 RHQs of antecedent regiments will reorganise to become outstations or home headquarters of the new regiments created in FIS. One antecedent RHQ and four outstations will close between now and 2011. One new RHQ, for the Royal Regiment of Scotland, will be created. The colonel commandants of regiments have endorsed the principles for restructuring, the details of which have been subject to wide-ranging consultation. The resultant organisation is considered to be the most efficient method of delivering the functions of our RHQs in order to support the future infantry structure. They will continue to give maximum support to our soldiers while making the most effective use of taxpayers' money.

The RHQs will also continue to fulfil their remit of supporting former members of the infantry, and it is important not to lose sight of the role they play in preserving the illustrious history and traditions of their antecedent regiments. No regimental museums will close as a result of this review.

Subject to trades union consultation, the new RHQ structure will lead in time to a small reduction in the overall number of staff required and it is hoped that this can be achieved through natural wastage and relocation, although a very small number of redundancies may be necessary.
 
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Summary of Infantry RHQs 1 and Associated Outstations
Foot Guards

RegimentLocationNewDesignationRemarks
Grenadier GuardsLondon2No change
Coldstream GuardsLondonNo change
Scots GuardsLondonNo change
Scots GuardsEdinburghNo changeOutstation
Irish GuardsLondonNo change
Welsh GuardsLondonNo change
Welsh GuardsCardiffNo changeOutstation


The Royal Regiment of Scotland


Old RHQLocationNew DesignationRemarks
EdinburghMain RHQ: The Royal Regiment of Scotland Edinburgh CastleRegiment newly formed under FIS
The Royal Scots
(The Royal Regiment)EdinburghHome HQ: The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)
The Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment)GlasgowHome HQ: The Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment)
The King's Own Scottish BorderersBerwick-Upon-TweedHome HQ: The King's Own Scottish Borderers
The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)PerthHome HQ: The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)
The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons)InvernessHome HQ: The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons)
The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons)AberdeenOutstation closes in 2011Museum of the Gordon Highlanders remains
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)StirlingHome HQ: The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)


Queen's Division


Old RHQLocationNew DesignationRemarks
The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires)CanterburyMain RHQ: The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires)
The Royal Regiment of FusiliersLondon (Tower of London)Main RHQ: The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
The Royal Regiment of FusiliersLondonOutstation in Tower of London merges into the main RHQ
The Royal Regiment of FusiliersNewcastleThe Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Newcastle Outstation
The Royal Regiment of FusiliersWarwickThe Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Warwick Outstation
The Royal Regiment of FusiliersBuryThe Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Bury Outstation
The Royal Anglian RegimentBury St EdmundsNo Change. Remains Main RHQ: The Royal Anglian Regiment
The Royal Anglian RegimentNorwichOutstation closes 2008
The Royal Anglian RegimentWarleyThe Royal Anglian Regiment Warley Outstation
The Royal Anglian RegimentNorthamptonThe Royal Anglian Regiment Northampton Outstation
The Royal Anglian RegimentLincolnClosed

 
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King's Division


Old RHQLocationNew DesignationRemarks
The King's Own Royal Border RegimentCarlisleThe Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border) Carlisle Outstation
The King's RegimentLiverpoolThe Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border) Liverpool Outstation
The King's RegimentManchesterThe Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border) Manchester Outstation
The Queen's Lancashire RegimentPrestonMain RHQ The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border)
The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of YorkshireYorkMain RHQ The Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th,19th and 33rd/76th Foot)
The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment)RichmondThe Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th Foot) Richmond Outstation
The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)HalifaxThe Yorkshire Regiment (14th/15th, 19th and 33rd/76th Foot) Halifax Outstation

 
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Prince of Wales's Division


Old RHQLocationNew DesignationRemarks
The Cheshire RegimentChesterThe Mercian Regiment Chester Outstation
The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (26th/45th Foot)WorcesterCloses in 2010
The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment 26th/45th FootNottinghamThe Mercian Regiment Nottingham Outstation
The Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's)LichfieldMain RHQ: The Mercian Regiment
The Royal Welch FusiliersWrexhamThe Royal Welsh Wrexham Outstation
The Royal Regiment of WalesCardiffMain RHQ: The Royal Welsh


The Rifles


Old RHQLocationNewDesignationRemarks
The Light InfantryWinchesterMain RHQ:
The RiflesThe new regiment's RHQ forms in Winchester
The Royal Green JacketsWinchester
The Light InfantryBodminThe Rifles Bodmin OutstationSubject to Lt Div Council endorsement
The Light InfantryTauntonThe Rifles Taunton OutstationSubject to Lt Div Council endorsement
The Light InfantryDurhamThe Rifles Durham OutstationSubject to Lt Div Council endorsement
The Light InfantryPontefractThe Rifles Pontefract OutstationSubject to Lt Div Council endorsement
The Light InfantryShrewsburyThe Rifles Shrewsbury OutstationSubject to Lt Div Council endorsement
The Royal Green JacketsOxfordThe Rifles Oxford OutstationSubject to Lt Div Council endorsement
Devonshire and
Dorset Light
InfantryExeterThe Rifles Exeter OutstationSubject to Lt Div Council endorsement
The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and
Wiltshire Light
InfantryGloucesterThe Rifles Gloucester OutstationSubject to Lt Div Council endorsement
The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and
Wiltshire Light
InfantrySalisburyThe Rifles Salisbury OutstationSubject to Lt Div Council endorsement
LondonThe Rifles London OutstationSubject to Lt Div Council endorsement

 
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The Parachute Regiment


Old RHQLocationNew DesignationRemarks
RHG The Parachute RegimentColchesterNo Change
The Parachute Regiment MuseumAldershotClose under Allenby-Connaught (Museum to move to Duxford)Move in 2008




1 Not included are HQ of the Brigade of Gurkhas or RHQ of the Royal Irish Regiment who remain unaffected by this review.
2 All Foot Guards RHQs, while separate, are located within Wellington Barracks, London.





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