Is the Union Jack just for the Navy or is the Union Jack the Official British Flag.
In 1902 an Admiralty Circular announced that ‘Their Lordships’ had decided that either name, Union Jack or Union Flag, could be used officially.
Such use was given Parliamentary approval in 1908 when it was stated that “the Union Jack should be regarded as the National flag”.
Hansard on the Union Jack:
14 July 1908 vol 192 cc579-80
My Lords’ I am very pleased indeed to hear from His Majesty’s Government the statement that the Union Jack may be flown on land by all British subjects. There has been a certain amount of doubt on the subject, and it is as well that it should have been set at rest. It is rather curious that a British citizen is about the only one who is not quite certain under what flag he really stands as a private citizen; and I have known of some instances in this country where the Union Jack has actually been pulled down by the police. I am obliged to His Majesty’s Government for having definitely cleared up this matter.
12.1 - 547,774