HC Deb 24 November 1936 vol 318 c200

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware of the doubt which still exists as to the right of citizens to fly, as well as to display, the lion rampant flag, owing to declarations made by the Lord Lyon King of Arms; and whether he will make the position clear beyond any possibility of doubt?


It would be quite impossible within the limits of an answer to a Parliamentary question to indicate the numerous Statutory and other restrictions which apply to the use of armorial bearings in general, and of the Royal Arms or any part thereof in particular. I can, however say that in the Royal Warrant of September, 1934, which directed that no official cognisance should be taken of the display of the lion rampant flag as a mark of loyalty by His Majesty's loyal subjects, no qualification is made as to the method of display.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this matter, of little importance in itself, does assume importance because of the rampant attitude of the Lord Lyon King of Arms, and may we take it quite definitely that no proceedings will follow the flying and displaying, in any circumstances, of this flag in future?


I think I have given a full answer to the question, and I think it would be undesirable for me to go beyond it. If the answer is studied, I think it will clear up all the points of difficulty.

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