HC Deb 02 September 1909 vol 10 cc750-1W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the band of the Royal Engineers, Territorial Force, is publicly advertised to perform at a mass meeting of the Women's Unionist and Tariff Reform Association to be held at Cluny Castle on 4th September; and will he give directions to put a stop to this and every other use of the Territorial Force bands at political meetings?


I have telegraphed to the local military authorities, drawing attention to paragraph 125 of the Territorial Force Regulations, and I am informed by them by wire that no such band is engaged to play at Cluny Castle on the date named. I am awaiting a written report on the subject.


asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to reports in to-day's papers that on the occasion of a Budget meeting to be held in Manchester on Saturday afternoon, the band of the 18th Hussars will perform; and, if so, whether this is in accordance with the Military Regulations?


I have telegraphed for information. It would not be in accordance with the King's Regulations for a military band to play at a political meeting.