The future of my constituency's local regiment is close to the hearts of the people of Dumfries and Galloway. For its future to be in doubt is simply unbelievable. The King's Own Scottish Borderers have served with valour across the globe for generations while providing a local source of opportunity for our region's young people. For the Government to suggest massive cuts in our armed forces now is sheer folly. These are the same troops who are ready to serve in the dispute and conflict zones across the world and who provided a vital resource during the foot and mouth outbreak.
The petition reads:
To the House of Commons
The Petition of residents of Dumfries and Galloway and others,
Declares that the distinct and historic Scottish regiments, including the King's Own Scottish Borderers, have served with distinction over generations; and that any change to the structure of the regiments would severely weaken their valuable links with the local community.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to reverse its plans to abolish the Scottish regiments.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.
To lie upon the Table.