HC Deb 12 May 1898 vol 57 cc1081-2

On behalf of the honourable Member for West Belfast, I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether it has been decided to supply scarlet serges to the Carabineers in place of the blue stable jackets hitherto worn by them; whether the officer commanding has been consulted with regard to the change, and whether he is of opinion that it is likely to be popular in the regiment, and to stimulate recruiting; and what is the gain in efficiency to the Army and in money to the nation likely to result from this reform? I should also like, at the same time, to ask the right honourable Gentleman if he is aware that originally the change was made from red to blue, to make the Carabineers light cavalry, and that now they are being changed from blue to red, to make them heavy cavalry?


The last change was made 40 years ago, and I am not in a position to state the reasons which prompted it. As to the Question on the Paper, I have to say that the change referred to has not actually taken place, and the circumstances are under the Secretary of State's consideration.