§ MR. BUTCHER
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty, whether it is proposed to withdraw any of the six Naval Cadetships which were recently given by the Admiralty to the training ships Worcester and Conway; and, if so, would he explain what is the reason for such a decision?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. W. E. MACARTNEY,) Antrim, S.
Under the provisions of the Regulations for the entry of Cadets from the Conway and Worcester, six Cadetships, in addition to the two annually granted to nominated candidates from these ships, will be offered for competition in 1896. It is the intention of the Admiralty to offer four Cadetships 448 for competition in 1897, and two in 1898, by which time it is hoped that the entries into the Navy through the Britannia training establishment will meet all the requirements of the Service. These extra Cadetships are given from time to time as may be thought desirable, and there was no undertaking that the grant of the Cadetships for competition, over and above the two annually allowed by nomination, would be permanent.