HC Deb 04 July 1889 vol 337 c1462

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether it is true that at the last examination for Sandhurst an insufficient number of examination papers were provided for the candidates, and that, in consequence, some were placed at great disadvantage in working the mathematical paper; and whether, as it is an open competition, any allowance will be made to those candidates who were placed at this disadvantage from no fault of their own?


The examinations for entrance to Sandhurst are under the control of the Civil Service Commissioners, who inform me that in one examination room it was found that the mathematical paper was short by two copies of the number of candidates. Copies were supplied after an hour, and, in the meantime, two other copies had been torn in half and given to four candidates. It is believed that no disadvantage accrued to any candidate; but the two candidates who had to begin on the latter and harder half of the paper were offered additional time, of which, however, they did not avail themselves.