HC Deb 09 April 1957 vol 568 c942
9. Mr. Leavey

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will authorize the wearing of full dress by regimental bands when playing in public in those cases where sets of such uniform exist.

Mr. J. Amery

No, Sir. As I explained in answer to a similar Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Blackley (Mr. E. Johnson) last Tuesday, full dress is obsolete except for the Household Brigade and the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

Mr. Leavey

Is my hon. Friend aware that this process of continuing to store Army uniforms and other uniforms only means that they deteriorate and eventually have to be sold at most unsatisfactory prices? Will he bear in mind that the general public like to see these uniforms, which could be arranged without any trouble? Will he please loosen up and have another look at this matter?

Mr. Amery

We will certainly look at it and see what we can do, but the position is that the stores are small and last longer if they are centrally held.