HC Deb 23 February 1899 vol 67 c280

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether the term "superior officer" mentioned in the Queen's Regulations as having power to prohibit the wearing of a shamrock by Irish soldiers on St. Patrick's Day refers to a colonel of a regiment or to any lower grade officers down to and including a corporal.


The power to permit or prohibit the wearing of a shamrock, or other emblem, is vested in the officer commanding the unit—that is, the Regiment of Cavalry, or the Battalion of Infantry, or the Battery of Artillery. It would not be delegated to any officer of lower rank except in the case of a detachment.