HC Deb 24 April 1907 vol 173 cc18-9
DR. HAZEL (West Bromwich)

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the fact that a detachment of His Majesty's auxiliary forces attended in uniform and under arms at an entertainment organised by a party political club at the Albert Hall, London, on Thursday, 18th April; whether he gave his permission for their attendance; if not, by whose permission they were present; and whether he proposes to take any further steps to prevent His Majesty's forces from being thus identified with party political organisations.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) The application of the guard of honour furnished by the King's Colonial Imperial Yeomanry at the Albert Hall banquet was sanctioned by the General Officer Commanding, London District, in accordance with Paragraph 12, Imperial Yeomanry Regulations. I do not consider that the corps in question identified itself with any party political organisation. A unit composed of representatives of British Colonies throughout the world and incorporated in. a regiment of His Majesty's auxiliary forces would appear to be an appropriate body to do honour to our Imperial guests at an entertainment that was not organised for party or political purposes.