I don't see a thread on this so thought I would put this on: (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/letters/6231587/The-insensitivity-of-MPs-in-the-light-of-poorly-equipped-troops-in-Afghanistan.html) "SIR â I must respond to the suggestion in your report ("Armour so poor troops couldn't wear it", September 25) that our troops are being "sent to the slaughter" because they are not getting the protection they require. "The top priority of the Ministry of Defence has always been to provide the best equipment for our people in Afghanistan. Service personnel do not have to "moonlight" to buy their own kit. "Every single soldier, sailor and airmen who deploys to theatre is issued with a helmet and body armour, as well as a black bag, valued at Â£3,500, that contains all the other personal equipment they require â boots, clothing, goggles, sunglasses and ear protectors. "To say that vital equipment is not reaching the front line ignores the fact that over the last three years, we have delivered equipment worth Â£10 billion. "Our commanders have a variety of helicopters, protected patrol vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles and other key equipment at their disposal. Vice Admiral Paul Lambert Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Capability) London SW1" So that's all right then.