"We are examining it very carefully. I hope within the next few weeks we will be able to make an announcement on it. But obviously we understand the strength of the cases being made."
Gurkhas began serving Britain in 1815 in India, and with Indian independence in 1947 became part of the British Army. Nearly 3600 serve now, and in recent years they have taken part in British operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone.