§ 8. Mr. Wyatt
asked the Secretary of State for War why troopers of the Household Brigade have been used as grooms for the Household Brigade Polo Club and other polo clubs associated with the Brigade of Guards; how many such troopers have been employed for this purpose since January, 1953; and why they were withdrawn from other duties and training for this purpose.
§ Mr. Wyatt
Is it not scandalous that troopers should be employed at public expense for private entertainment for officers in off-duty hours, and is it not time that we stopped treating the Brigade of Guards as the only Government-subsidised social club in the country and brought an end to this sort of practice?
§ Mr. Shinwell
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this is the very first I have ever heard of it? I am completely uninformed, and since I am completely uninformed on this subject, will he hold an inquiry and have it conducted in public?