§ 5. Mr. ASHLEY
asked the Secretary of State for War what decision has been arrived at with reference to bands, including pipe bands, of third line units of the Territorial Force?
§ 6. Mr. WATSON
asked whether third-line Territorial units are to be allowed to retain their bands, including pipe bands, provided that no bandsman of military age and fit for general service is employed?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the WAR OFFICE (Mr. Forster)
The collection from Commands of the information necessary to form the basis for a 'well-considered decision has not yet been completed. This is being accelerated, but I cannot, I regret to say, announce any decision to-day. My hon. Friend will realise that if these bands are retained, the men will be drawn from the ranks of those who are unfit for military service, and to this extent men who might otherwise be suit-ably employed on munition or other work of a national character will be retained with the Colours.
§ Mr. ASHLEY
Will the hon. Gentleman keep in mind also the great value from the military point of view of having this music?