HC Deb 27 May 1930 vol 239 cc979-80
27. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the Army Council retains any responsibility for the actual programme of military tattoos at Aldershot; and whether the question of giving representations of modern warfare and especially the use of poison gas in the field has been considered?

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

The Army Council have laid down the general principles which are to be observed in arranging programmes for military tattoos, and have given instructions that no items are to be included which portray incidents connected with British military history subsequent to the outbreak of the Great War or which introduce new and experimental methods of warfare.

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the effect of this Order is that the public are shown only the historical romances of the British Army and not the horrors of modern war? Is my right hon. Friend looking into this matter?