From today's Torygraph:
The Cheap Kilts IPT should hang their heads in shame, along with those freshly Knighted and OBE'd individuals who presided over the amalgamations. All of these stories seem to be following a pattern, so what's next? Single ply toilet paper?Soldiers in Scotland's new "super regiment" have to share kilts because of a shortage of the ceremonial dress.
The Royal Regiment of Scotland has 5,000 soldiers but just 320 kilts, just one for every 15 men.
The kilts are worn during ceremonial or public duties.
he shortage comes after the Army decided to end its 150-year association with Borders-based kilt makers Robert Noble, which has produced military tartan since 1850.
The Army has put to tender a Â£1 million contract for the new kilts. It has received 320 "trial" kilts but will not receive a full set until 2008.
An MoD spokesman said: "A planned deployment will be agreed with the Royal Regiment of Scotland on a roll-out basis with two battalions of kilts made by May 2007 and the full programme completed by January 2008."
The new "super regiment" was formed last August. It saw the merger of the Royal Scots, the King's Own Scottish Borderers, the Black Watch, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the Royal Highland Fusiliers and the Highlanders.