§ MR. PIRIE (Aberdeen, N.)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for India with reference to the use by Scottish regiments in India of Anglican churches, if he can state whether any and, if so, what steps have been taken to ascertain the feelings and wishes of the rank and file with regard to the recent order that these regiments shall only be quartered where Presbyterians places of worship exist; and if, in the case of its being ascertained that the wishes of a regiment are averse to this proposition, the order in such a case would be inoperative.
§ THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Mr. BUCHANAN,) Perthshire, E.
No special steps have been taken for ascertaining the feelings and wishes of the rank and file of Scottish regiments on the question referred to by my hon. friend.
§ MR. C. E. PRICE (Edinburgh, Central)
Does the right hon. Gentleman consider that full advantage can be taken of the Scottish regiments in India, when their disposition is regulated by religious conviction?
§ MR. BUCHANAN
I think the disposition of the Scottish regiments in India is a matter within the discretion of the military authorities.