HC Deb 21 March 1944 vol 398 c648
10. Sir T. Moore

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in order to secure the success of the "Salute the Soldier" Week, he will authorise military bands to escort marching troops throughout those cities and towns where the demonstrations are taking place.

Sir J. Grigg

Yes, Sir. A special instruction has been issued that bands shall give the calls of the "Salute the Soldier" campaign priority over their other engagements.

Sir T. Moore

Is the Minister aware of the pleasurable shock which I have received on getting that sympathetic reply?

Sir J. Grigg

It shows, if I may say so without offence, how extremely unobservant the hon, and gallant Member is.

Mr. Shinwell

Do we understand that we are to march troops up and down, through the streets, and parade them, and do all that sort of thing, without consulting the men? Have they not enough duties imposed on them as it is? [HON. MEMBERS: "Oh"]. Hon. Members may say "Oh" as much as they like, but that is the case.

Sir J. Grigg

This refers to regimental bands.

Mr. McGovern

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, more important than bands, would be a substantial increase in the soldiers' allowances?