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Asked when there would be any decision the future of the regiments, the PMOS said he thought towards the end of the week, but would confirm nearer the time.

Asked where the process was now, and if it was a Cabinet decision, the PMOS replied that the MOD would know where the process stood, as we did not give a running commentary on ministerial committees, as the journalist knew.

Asked if this was a matter for the military and the MOD, or if No10 decided instead, the PMOS said the decision was based on military recommendations and what was important for the Army. The military believed that what was necessary was on the one hand, we had an Army that respected tradition ad on the other, was flexible and effective enough to not only be able to work to its greatest efficiency, but also to enable soldiers and their families to have a better quality of life and career. Those were the most important tests. We had never hidden the facts that eventually, this decision would come to No10, and would be one that the Prime Minister and his Ministers would discuss, but it would be based on recommendations made by the military. The PMOS reiterated one point made in a newspaper that said that the TA was being cut as part of the process; we expected the TA to remain at broadly the same level, and it would be better for people to wait for the decision, rather than speculating beforehand.

Asked why the decision was not going to Cabinet, the PMOS repeated that it was one that the Cabinet was aware of, and as he had said before, issues were discussed as they developed, but that did not mean that every issue was decided at Cabinet level.

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