§ Mr. Wilkinson
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the future compositon and role of 6 Airborne Brigade.
§ Mr. Stanley
On current plans the trial of 6 Airmobile Brigade in the airmobile role will finish in 1988, when it is due to commence remechanisation as part of the armoured re-equipment programme in BAOR. We plan to equip the brigade with armoured personnel carriers for both its infantry battalions and to strengthen it by the addition of the new in-theatre armoured regiment, the formation of which was announced in the 1985 "Statement on the Defence Estimates".