HC Deb 31 March 1887 vol 313 c74
MR. CONYBEARE (Cornwall, Camborne)

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether the Article of the Queen's Regulations, section 6, paragraph 9, forbidding Officers, Non-Commissioned officers, and private Soldiers to institute or take any part in any meetings, demonstrations, or processions for party or political purposes, in barracks, quarters, or camp, or in their vicinity, is to be construed so as to prevent such officers and soldiers from attending, as part of the audience, a meeting held for the purpose of hearing a political leader speak; whether the officers and men are thereby forbidden to become members of a Parliamentary Debating Society, consisting of persons of all shades of political opinion; and whether the said Article precludes officers and men from becoming members of such a partizan Association as the Primrose League; and, if so, what steps he will take to warn all those officers or noncommissioned officers who are members of the Primrose League that they are breaking the Queen's Regulations?

THE SECEETAEY OF STATE (Mr. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horncastle)

Provided that the conditions of the Article are complied with, my answer to all the Questions of the hon. Member is in the negative.