HC Deb 11 February 1941 vol 368 cc1230-1W
Lieut.-Colonel Macnamara

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the Limitation of Supplies Act is hampering musical firms in their supply of musical instruments to the Army, where great efforts are being made, according to the present policy, to provide units with bands; that most regiments are used to dealing with firms who understand their requirements; that it is impossible for commanding officers always to deal through the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes even if they want to as the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes are not universal; and whether he will allow musical firms to continue an unrerestricted sale to service bands provided that the sale is certified as bona fide by the commanding officer?

Mr. Lyttelton

I agree with my hon. and gallant Friend on the importance of providing regimental bands, and if he will let me have particulars of any cases where a regiment has any difficulty I will gladly see what can be done.

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