§ SIR WILLIAM WEDDERBURN (Banffshire)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India, whether Colonels of the Indian Army drawing Colonels' allowances of £1,140 per annum, and more, pay £60 per annum for sons at Sandhurst and at Woolwich, while the sons of retired officers of Her Majesty's Indian Civil Service are charged £150 per annum; and, if so, if Her Majesty's Government will remedy this inequality by classing members of the Indian Civil Service with Military Officers according to relative rank, as they are already classed in regard to eligibility for Queen's Indian Cadetships for their sons?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Lord GEORGE HAMILTON,) Middlesex, Ealing
The facts are as stated in the Question. Special terms are granted to the sons of Military Officers, not with reference to their means, but because their military services are held to entitle them to special facilities for sending their sons to the two military colleges. I do not think that Her Majesty's Government could be expected to extend this privilege to civilians.