I emailed my Mp after the Coroners report on Sgt Roberts death and the whole Body Armour issue. I asked what she thought of the decision by Hoon not to purchase it for 8 weeeks and should he be charged under Health and safety Regs. I mentioned i would publish her reply on this website and in the local newspapers.Here is what i got back: Dear Mr ********, Thank you for your email dated 19 December 2006 and for raising this issue with me. I also am concerned about the circumstances of the death of Sergeant Roberts and the recent decision by the Coroners Court but would not wish to make a public statement until I have heard the Governments response to this recent decision. I have therefore written to the Minister asking for a detailed response to the Coroners decision and indeed the points you make in your email. I will respond to you in detail once I receive this. The job of the armed forces is, by its very nature, dangerous and cannot be risk free but in my view it is incumbent on those sending soldiers into danger to provide them with the protective equipment they require to reduce the risk of death or serious injury. The publicity generated by the death of Sergeant Roberts has resulted in a public debate about the safety of the troops and the equipment provided to them. In that regard his death has, I believe, emphasised the priority which should be given to ensuring that troops are properly equipped. I will respond to you more fully in the New Year but in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact me again if you wish to raise other matters with me. With best wishes Katy Clark Member of Parliament North Ayrshire and Arran Reminds me of the song lyrics: "You say it best, when you say nothing at all" I have emailed her back saying she hasnt answered my question and will keep at her to get an opinion. Could be a long drawn out affair.