I have the honour to present a petition signed by 1,200 of my constituents and also by some of the constituents of my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Kent (Mr. Rowe).
The 36 Engineers Regiment has long been based in Maidstone and is currently under the threat of being moved to Thorney island. My constituents believe that that would be to the detriment of the regiment and the town. The petition reads:
Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House encourage the Secretary of State for Defence to consider the wishes of both the Regiment and Town and to allow the 36 Engineers to retain their present base.