National Anthem (Playing).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 16th December 1941.

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Photo of General Sir George Jeffreys General Sir George Jeffreys , Petersfield

asked the Secretary of State for War what fresh instructions have been issued with regard to the playing of the National Anthem?

Photo of Mr David Margesson Mr David Margesson , Rugby

As my hon. and gallant Friend is aware, King's Regulations provide that the first six bars of the National Anthem should normally be played pianissimo. Approval has now been given for these bars to be played fortissimo when circumstances make this desirable.

Photo of General Sir George Jeffreys General Sir George Jeffreys , Petersfield

Will my right hon. and gallant Friend say how the change over from fortissimo to pianissimo originally came to be made, and is this not a very excellent and a commonsense amendment?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Does this mean that the Government are at last waking up?