HC Deb 19 July 1929 vol 230 cc789-90W

asked the Secretary of State for War the number of men of all ranks, including fatigue parties, who were employed in the recent military tattoo at Aldershot; whether any extra payment is granted to the men for this work; what was the total sum realised in the way of admissions; and how this money is disposed of?

Dominion or Colony to which exported. Cattle. Sheep. Swine. Goats. Total.
Australia 51 32 4 87
Cyprus 3 3
Irish Free State 43 101 46 190
Northern Ireland 2 2
Northern Rhodesia 20 20
Southern Rhodesia 153 2 155
South Africa 135 26 17 8 186
South West Africa 15 15
Trinidad 4 4
Total 420 161 71 10 662


As regards the first part of the question, 5,000 troops took part in the Aldershot Tattoo, and in addition 100 non-commissioned officers acted as ushers. Fatigue parties were supplied by civil labour. As regards the second part of the question, no additional pay was given, as the troops worked voluntarily for charity. As regards the remainder of the question, the profits are estimated to amount to about £30,000, but the accounts are not yet completed. When completed they will be published with Aldershot Command Orders. The whole of the sums are controlled by the Aldershot Command Trust. Profits are utilised to assist the maintenance of Aldershot charities, which include seven welfare centres which cater for the wives and families of soldiers both on and off the strength, Queen Mary's Hostel for Children, and Queen Mary's Wing, Louise Margaret Hospital, and to provide for recreational facilities for the troops in the Command.