Bands.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 24th July 1940.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has yet been able to arrange for military bands to accompany troops when on the march in London and throughout the country, having in mind their stimulating effect on all who see and hear them?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg , Altrincham

More than 100 bands have been authorised, and many of these are now in being. Instructions have been issued that every opportunity should be taken, so far as is practicable, of utilising these bands for the purpose which my hon. and gallant Friend has in view.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

When is this going to start? The war has been on for nearly a year, and not one of us has seen a band in being.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg , Altrincham

My hon. and gallant Friend is very unfortunate; I have seen a good many.

Mr. Lindall:

Will my hon. Friend see to it that they play "The Lincolnshire Poacher"?