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Black Watch

Asked if as according to some army sources the Black Watch’s was now not going to be saved the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said that the results of the review would be announced when the results of the review were announced and that he would simply warn people against indulging in speculation. In response to suggestions that others were briefing the PMOS said that to whoever was indulging in speculation he would simply say it was best to wait for the results of the review. Asked for some guidance on timing of the results of the review the PMOS said that because this was a matter being lead by the army it would be totally wrong for him to get involved in time sequences. Asked who would take the final decision the PMOS said that it would be based on a recommendation from the Army Board, which would then be passed through the Ministry of Defence to the Prime Minister. Asked for the timing of the Army Board meeting and the subsequent announcement the PMOS said he would not be getting involved in commenting on when the Army Board did or did not meet or on any announcement on the timescale as set by the Army Board not by us. Asked if it was right that the Secretary of State and the Armed Forces Minister were on the Army Board the PMOS said that the membership of the Board was a matter for the MoD to comment on. We would all have to wait and see what the Army Board recommended and then we would follow procedure.

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