HC Deb 14 May 1906 vol 157 cc187-8
SIR HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that sandwichmen are parading the streets of the West End dressed in uniforms of the Imperial German Army, and bearing advertisements of a novel referring to the German nation; and, having regard to the Uniforms Act, will he take stops to restrain an exhibition of this character, more especially during the approaching visit to London of certain German municipal authorities.


I beg also to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the fact that men dressed in the uniform of the Imperial German Army are at present parading the streets of London for advertising purposes; whether he is aware that this abuse of the national uniform is likely to be resented by the officers and men of the German Army, as a similar use of the British uniform would be resented by our own Army; and whether, under these circumstances, he will use any powers he may possess to put an end to this exhibition.


My attention has been called to this form of advertisement, which appears to me both foolish and offensive. The Uniforms Act of 1894 does not apply, but the Commissioner of Police is taking steps to deal with the matter under the Metropolitan Streets Act.