HC Deb 16 March 1896 vol 38 cc1011-2
MR. HERBERT LEWIS (Flint Boroughs)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty, in view of the fact that six cadetships being annually offered for competition to the best lads on the Conway and the Worcester, is a valuable incentive to the youths who are trained on those ships, and in view of the increasing requirements of the Navy, whether he will reconsider the proposed reduction in the number of naval cadetships to be given in future years to the Conway and the Worcester?

THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. G. J. GOSCHEN, St. George's,) Hanover Square

said, it was never intended to continue to offer so large a number of cadetships (six) to the Conway and Worcester, nor had the experiment been particularly successful, judged by the examinations of the young men who presented themselves for cadetships. It would not be fair, as a permanent arrangement, to admit into the Navy many young officers on much less stringent terms as to examination than those imposed upon the cadets trained in the Britannia.