George lodged a motion recognising the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders which will now be known as Balaclava Company. The former battalion had a proud history associated with Paisley and it was a sad day to see their last parade and march-past.
Motion Number: S4M-07147
Lodged By: George Adam
Date Lodged: 25/06/2013
Title: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
That the Parliament recognises the final parade and march-past conducted by the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (5 Scots) in Paisley on 12 June 2013; notes what it considers the proud historic links that the former regiment has with the town and is saddened that the 350 service personnel who marched through the town will now be transformed into the 100-strong Balaclava Company, with mainly ceremonial duties; understands that this move is symptomatic of service personnel being reduced in Scotland by 27.9% between 2000 and 2010 compared with a reduction of 11.6% in the rest of the UK and the £7 billion defence underspend in Scotland compared with the rest of the UK over the same period, and recognises what it considers the myth of the pro-union political parties that the armed forces could be under threat from independence when in reality these cuts have occurred and are occurring under successive UK administrations.