HC Deb 16 May 1881 vol 261 c566

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether it is the case that some correspondence has taken place between the War Office and the Head Masters of Public Schools on the subject of greater prominence being given to the study of French, and especially to a colloquial facility in that language; and, if so, whether there will be any objection to lay the Papers upon the Table?


Yes, Sir. We made proposals a short time ago to the public schools on this subject, in consequence of the unfortunate deficiency in knowledge of French and German on the part of candidates for commissions. I will lay on the Table, if my hon. Friend will move for it, a copy of our letter to the Chairman of the Conference.