Point of Order

– in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 15th November 2005.

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Photo of Eric Martlew Eric Martlew Labour, Carlisle 3:31 pm, 15th November 2005

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker, concerning a statement on future infantry structure made in the Chamber on 16 December last year by my right hon. Friend the then Secretary of State for Defence, who is present today in a different role. He made an announcement about a new regimental name in the north-west. I was very pleased that he had retained the name "Border Regiment". Now I find that the Army Board, without reference to the Houses of Parliament—without reference to this Chamber—has decided to change the name. Surely that cannot be right, especially as the King's Own Royal Border Regiment has just been sent to Iraq. It is totally out of order for the board to change a decision made in the Chamber.

Photo of Michael Martin Michael Martin Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Speaker of the House of Commons, Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

I understand and sympathise with the hon. Gentleman's point, but he should understand that this is not a matter in which I can intervene. I am sure he will be able to apply for an Adjournment debate, which will allow the appropriate Minister to come to the House and give an account of what has happened.