12 Dec - Sun. Herald - Scot Regiments not saved Scottish regiments will not be saved THE British Army will learn this week that emotional last-minute attempts to block plans to amalgamate Scotlandâs regiments have failed. Defence secretary Geoff Hoon will announce immediately after Prime Ministerâs Questions on Wednesday that a new Scottish super-regiment, to be named the Royal Regiment of Scotland, will be created. The super-regiment will comprise five battalions. To appease campaigners and to ease accusations that morale will suffer, battalions will be named after the old titles of the historic Scottish regiments, although the new regiment will have a common cap badge and identity. Hoon is expected to tell the Commons that the changes are being brought in to reflect changes in the world order and that new inter national security challenges have driven the need for Britain to adapt militarily. The changes have been pushed through by the army boardâs executive committee despite reports that Prime Minister Tony Blair had wanted to keep the existing structure. It is understood that if Blair had pressed his point, many of the armyâs senior officers, including chief of the general staff, General Sir Michael Jackson, would have resigned. The Sunday Herald has learned that senior army officers have expressed serious concerns at other aspects of Hoonâs announcement. They fear that a cut in the number of battalions will seriously reduce the armed forcesâ ability meet its current obligations and meet any new threats. This view was echoed last night by retired general Lord Guthrie, who said the army was âdangerously small and over-committedâ. The former chief of both general and defence staff said: âIf you have too small an army you canât react.â At a recent meeting in London, it is understood that senior officers had said that the reduction had been forced through by Treasury cutbacks and they were not in favour. Downing Street last night said it was âaware of what has been recommendedâ and that Number 10 would have no further involvement.