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Black Watch

Asked why The Secretary of State for Defence did not give the statement to the House of Commons on the deaths of the Black Watch soldiers killed in Iraq last night, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that Adam Ingram had taken part in a procurement debate in the House and at the time the MOD had wanted to make a statement as quickly as possible.

When asked again why Geoff Hoon had not given the statement when he had been in London last night, the PMS repeated that the MOD wanted to make the statement as quickly as possible.

Asked to respond to the recent comment by the brother of one of the Black Watch soldiers killed yesterday that his brother had not wanted to be deployed further north in Iraq, the PMS replied that as the Prime Minister had indicted earlier, today was the day for thinking of the relatives of those who were killed yesterday in Iraq and of the regiment as a whole.

Asked about the future of the Black Watch, the PMS answered that as Geoff Hoon had stated, decisions were still to be taken

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