HC Deb 14 March 1889 vol 333 c1656
MR. WOODALL (Hanley)

I beg to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether it is a fact that under the Regulations of the Royal Military Academy and Royal Military College the contribution payable for a cadet whose father is serving in the Army or Navy varies from £80 for the son of a General or Admiral to £40 for the son of a junior commissioned officer, but that a warrant officer whose son gains admission into Woolwich or Sandhurst is required to pay £150 a year, the sum required for the son of a private gentleman; and, if this be true, whether tie will reconsider the decision which thus excludes non-commissioned officers from the privileges allowed to commissioned members of both Services, of paying proportionately graduated contributions for their sons who may be cadets?


Provision has not been made in the Regulations for the admission of the sons of warrant and non-commissioned officers to the Royal Military Academy or Royal Military College at a reduced rate, because it has been considered that the great expense of the preliminary education would deter such candidates from presenting themselves. Should, however, such a case occur in practice, my right hon. Friend would be quite ready to consider the advisability of amending the warrant.