HC Deb 13 May 1915 vol 71 cc1835-6W

asked the Under-Secretary for War whether he is aware that German prisoners of war interned at Lancaster during last week marched through the neighbouring village of Halton accompanied by a brass band playing dance music; and will he state who provided or authorised the brass band, and was the same provided or authorised with the permission of the War Office?


The facts are as stated except that the band did not play while actually passing through Halton. The instruments are the property of the aliens interned at Lancaster, who obtained permission from the commandant to use them when marching out for exercise on the condition that no German tunes were played. The commandant has prohibited their use for a similar purpose in the future.