HC Deb 03 June 1907 vol 175 cc292-3

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether any military bands are now supplied by agents for private engagements which bring them into unfair competition with civil bands; and whether, if this is so, he will take steps to prevent this practice.


The orders issued by the Army Council enjoin that military bands are not to seek for or take up engagements through the medium of musical or other agents or through the Press, and that no engagement should be accepted on terms which are less than those which would in the same circumstances be offered to other than military bands. I am not aware of any occurrences of the nature mentioned in the Question, and I shall be glad if my hon. friend will furnish me with any such cases.