Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 15th June 1920.
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asked the Secretary of State for War (1) whether Irish regiments have requested permission to use the bagpipes; whether the War Office propose to accede to this request;
(2) whether the use of bagpipes is the special prerogative of Scottish regiments?
Yes, Sir. Requests have been made by Irish regiments to use bagpipes, and the whole matter is at present under consideration.
Does the right hon. Gentleman realise the resentment there will be in the Highland regiments if this proposal be carried out?
It is quite true it should be very carefully considered, but a privilege is one thing, a monopoly another.
Before bringing this innovation into Irish regiments, will he consider the sentiment of Highland and
other Scottish regiments which have had bagpipes for generations?
I think it ought to be most carefully considered; but, as the hon. Gentleman knows, the Irish Guards already have bagpipes.
Did not the Scots bring the bagpipes from Ireland, in the first instance, many centuries ago?
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