In todays Mail on Sunday they are reporting that the MoD is discouraging British companies from sending extra goodies to the troops in the Gulf. It would appear that they might "overwhelm" the supply chain. For what it is worth I sent the following to my MP. It made me feel a bit better.: I was dismayed to read the Mail on Sunday's lead report on the ban by the MoD on shipping extra luxuries to the Troops in the Gulf. Assuming that the Mail's report is accurate, it beggars belief that Christmas should come as a surprise to the MoD. The fact that no provision has been made for the extra volume of goods can only be down to incompetence and/or deliberate budgetary restrictions. I think it is fair to say that the majority of serving personnel have little or no faith in the judgement of the MoD. The failure to properly prepare the Armoured vehicles for Exercise Saif Sareea to save money is but one example. If the MoD will not reconsider its position, can you please ask the Secretary of State for Defence for his solemn assurance that no public money will be used to finance any Christmas celebrations for any Minister, official or civil servant at the MoD. It would be iniquitous for those working a five day week in safety and only a few hours from their loved ones, should enjoy funding when those for whom they are responsible are denied such lavishness.