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Mercian Regiment

Defence written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of the presentation of new colours to the four battalions of the Mercian Regiment was.

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Presentation of New Colours to the Mercian Regiment was funded in part through charitable sources.

The cost to the Department of the presentation ceremony was in the order of £38,000 which largely related to transporting personnel from the four battalions and moving two Warrior vehicles to support recruiting activity around the presentation event. This figure does not include the cost of the Colours themselves.

The role of the Colours has great historical significance in their use as a rallying point. British military history is full of instances of gallantry including the Colours and their defence. Today, Colours are the ceremonial evidence of a regiment and its spirit, a moral rallying point recording their often illustrious history.

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