HC Deb 29 July 1887 vol 318 cc532-3
MR. MURPHY (Dublin, St. Patrick's)

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he will acquiesce in the resumption, during the present summer, of the military band performances which were given in the Phœnix Park, Dublin, on Sunday evenings during the summer and autumn of last year, and which attracted large and well-ordered crowds; and, whether be is aware that both the Catholic and Protestant Archbishops of Dublin have expressed opinions in favour of this means of enjoyment being afforded to the people?

MR. JOHNSTON (Belfast, S.)

May I ask whether, in the event of the resumption of the performances, the right hon. Gentleman will direct that the con- cluding air shall be "God save the Queen," and that the continuance of the performances shall depend upon the reception accorded to that air?


said, the hon. Member could hardly be aware that the concluding air in Phœnix Park was "God save the Queen."

THE SECRETARY OF STATE (MR. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horncastle)

I should be unwilling, in a case of this nature, to fetter the discretion of the Local Authorities. I should certainly offer no objection myself; but I should be going rather far if I attempted to fetter the discretion of the Local Authorities, especially in the matter of the tunes.