§ Mr. Trotter
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether the reduction from three to two bands in the Queen's Regiment represents the abandonment of the practice of having one band per regular battalion, albeit with reduced numbers, in each band following the decision to reduce the Army Band Service; and what will be the size of each of the new Queen's Regiment bands.
§ Mr. Lee
For their contribution to the overall manpower reduction in the Army Band Service infantry regiments were given the option of retaining a separate but smaller band for each battalion or moving to fewer but larger bands to serve the regiment as a whole. The Queen's Regiment opted for the latter course and each of its two bands will have an establishment of 35.