HC Deb 28 February 1905 vol 141 cc1450-1
MR. MALCOLM (Suffolk, Stowmarket)

To ask the Secretary of State for War why the Highland Light Infantry has been detached from the other Highland regiments and is to be brigaded with Lowland regiments at the Hamilton depot; why, if one Highland regiment had to be thus detached, the second senior regiment was chosen; and whether the distinction of wearing the trews, granted to the Highland Light Infantry for their valour in the Peninsular War, militates against their being brigaded with the other kilted regiments.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Arnold-Forster.) The organisation effected by the Special Army Order of January 6th has apparently been misinterpreted. The Highland Light Infantry has not been detached from the other Highland regiments, or brigaded with Lowland regiments. The 26/71 regimental district remains as hitherto with a double depôt at Hamilton. The Army Order does not brigade, but merely groups under one officer existing regimental districts which are conveniently situated.