§ 16. Major COLVILLE
asked the Secretary of State for War on what grounds it has been decided to remove the guns from Stirling Castle; and if he is aware that the town council of Stirling has protested against the discontinuance of the ancient custom of firing salutes on the occasion of His Majesty the King's birthday and other national occasions from the Royal castle of Stirling?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Mr. T. Shaw)
The discontinuance of the use of Stirling Castle as a saluting station was proposed as a measure of economy, but I fully appreciate Scottish sentiment in this matter, and I have arranged for the guns to be restored. This will enable a Royal salute to be fired on the anniversary of the King's birthday, as usual.
§ Major COLVILLE
In view of the long historical connection between the firing of salutes at Stirling Castle and the town, can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the town of Stirling was consulted before the guns were removed?