HC Deb 19 April 1926 vol 194 cc850-1
51. Sir F. HALL (for Sir HARRY BRITTAIN)

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the success achieved by the tattoo at the recent British Empire Exhibition and the interest displayed by the public, he would be prepared to consider the suggestion of an Empire tattoo during the coming summer, the proceeds to be devoted to the various Service charities?


asked the Prime Minister whether it is the intention of the Government to hold a national tattoo in the coming summer; and, if so, where?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Sir Laming Worthington-Evans)

I have been asked to reply to these questions. Tattoos will be held at Birmingham on 3rd to 15th May; at Aldershot, 15th to 19th June; at York, 30th June to 3rd July; at Leeds, 8th to 10th July; and at Tidworth, 31st July to 5th August. The dates and places of the other local tattoos, which are being organised by Commands, have not yet been fixed. In London, the joint tattoo of the three Services, better known under the name of the Royal Tournament, will be held from 20th May to 5th June as usual, and the proceeds devoted to Service charities. It will not he possible to organise a tattoo in London in addition to those to which I have referred.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that London people are desirous, and have expressed their desire in unmistakable terms, that a tattoo should be held, and will he consider the utilisation of the Crystal Palace, which belongs to the nation, for that purpose?


I hope they will go to the Royal Tournament.


Does the right hon. Gentleman consider that Empire co-operation is best served by the glorification of military operations?


Would it not be possible to arrange at short notice for a tattoo to take place in East Ham?