"UK troops are to get the most advanced and effective respirator in the world to protect them from chemical and biological warfare agents in a contract announced today by the Ministry of Defence". Three questions: 1. Why do we need protection from chem/bio agents in a contract? Has Hoon been trialling some new bit of kit from the Bulgarian secret service? 2. (Dons lawyerly wig) If UK troops are to get the said respirators as a result of a contract announced today, (doffs wig, dons helmet) does that mean that we should expect to be going anywhere where they might come in handy? 3. If so, will they fit this time?