My favourite Parliamentary Question for a while;
Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what regulations there are on facial hair for personnel in the Army.
Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 18 January 2013, c963W)
Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
The regulation governing facial hair for personnel in the Army is laid down in Army General Administrative Instruction as follows:
“Hair is to be well cut and trimmed, except where authority has been granted otherwise on religious grounds. Style and colour (if not natural) is not to be of an exaggerated nature. Moustaches are to be trimmed and not below the line of the lower lip. Beards and whiskers may be worn only with authority, and this will usually be granted only on medical or religious grounds, or where tradition permits. The appearance of the beard and whiskers is to be neat and tidy. Sideburns are not to descend below the mid point of the ear and are to be trimmed horizontally.”
Pub quiz time, what makes these fine fellow the exception?
The answer is on their arm