Scottish Regiments (National Flag).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 14th July 1925.

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Photo of Mr James Couper Mr James Couper , Glasgow Maryhill

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the fact that English colour-bearing regiments have the privilege of carrying as their second or battalion colour their national flag of St. George, whereas Scottish regiments are precluded from carrying their national banner of St. Andrew, will he be prepared to advise the revival of the privilege in favour of Scottish regiments?

Photo of Mr Worthington Evans Mr Worthington Evans , Colchester

I am advised that this suggestion, which has been many times considered, involves the whole principle on which the regimental colours of the Army have been modelled since the Act of Union. I am therefore not in favour of any change. I may add that the Cross of St. George is the regimental colour only of regiments with scarlet or white facings, and not of all English colour-bearing regiments.

Photo of Mr Worthington Evans Mr Worthington Evans , Colchester

I am not going to venture into this matter further than to answer the specific question put to me. I see the subject is full of snags.