§ MR. LEA (St. Pancras, E.)
To ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that in some regiments the band is supported partly out of contributions from the canteen fund; and that, as the latter is solely and only the property of the men of the regiment, he will give orders that this practice be stopped at once, more especially as the non-commissioned officers and men of the regiments concerned are not consulted.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) Nothing is known at the War Office of any case in which the band is supported in any way by contributions from the canteen fund, and under no circumstances should the funds be so expended. Would my hon. friend be kind enough to inform me of any cases in which this has occurred, to enable me to make immediate inquiry?