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Lord Advocate's Office (Royal Arms)

Volume 65: debated on Tuesday 21 July 1914

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asked the Lord Advocate, whether his attention has been called to the irregular use of the Royal Arms by his office; whether such use is in contravention of the Royal Proclamation of 1801; and whether he proposes to continue the use of the Scottish quarterings?

The answer to the first part of my hon. Friend's question is in the negative. The quarterings used on the notepaper in my office, in point of fact, follow the quarterings used on what is generally referred to a" the Scottish Great Seal. It has not hitherto been suggested that the die is in contravention of the Royal Proclamation, and I see no reason for the alteration suggested. I shall be glad, however, to consider any representation on the subject by my hon. Friend.

Is it not a fact that quarterings follow those of the Great Seal? Can my right hon. Friend suggest why the flag which is used in Scotland should not also follow the quarterings of the Great Seal?

That is a very different question, and raises quite distinct issues from those raised in the question on the Paper, namely, whether the quarterings upon my note paper are in contravention of the Proclamation of 1801.