WILLOTT WELCOMES QDG DECISION

July 5, 2012 2:11 PM

Commenting on the announcement today that the Queen's Dragoon Guards will not be merged as part of the review of the armed forces, Jenny Willott, the Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, said:

"I am delighted that Ministers and Generals have listened to the views of people in Wales and ensured that the Queen's Dragoon Guards will continue to serve as an integral part of the British Army.

"I have been overwhelmed by the support for the QDG and I know that those in the Ministry of Defence heard loud and clear the call to protect the QDG, a regiment with a proud history which has served the UK with distinction.

Commenting on the announcement that the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Welsh will be disbanded, Jenny added:

"The Government is having to take difficult decisions in order to create a sustainable fighting force that is fit for the future during these difficult economic times. I understand the need to reduce the number of Battalions though clearly this decision will be a blow to the Royal Welsh.

"I am pleased that the Royal Welsh cap badge will maintain and that Wales will keep its three Regiments. What is important now is that we support those who will be affected by these changes and that we show the people who have been willing to fight for our country the respect they deserve.

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