HC Deb 10 February 1930 vol 235 c37

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will restrict the employment of military bands to military and national functions in order to encourage the employment of civilian musicians?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. T. Shaw)

I am sending to my hon. Friend a copy of the answer given on 4th February to the hon. Member for Kidderminster (Mr. Wardlaw-Milne). He will see from this that I have recently taken steps which will, I hope, be of considerable assistance to civilian musicians. But I do not think that it would either meet the public desire, or be in the public interest, to prohibit Army bands from appearing at any function not definitely military or national in character.