§ SIR ANDREW SCOBLE (Hackney Central)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether it is the fact that for the last three years all the Royal Artillery cadets, on leaving Woolwich, have been kept for three months without commissions; whether this is a departure from previous practice; and, whether, having regard to the fact that the last duty of the outgoing cadets this year was on guard at Buckingham Palace on Jubilee Day, their commissions may be dated on 22nd June, 1897.
§ MR. BRODRICK
The former practice was to leave the passed cadets unemployed until vacancies in the corps occurred; and some had to wait many months. The new departure has been to commission all for whom vacancies have not fallen in three months after passing out of the academy. As regards the cadets who were on guard on Jubilee Day, it is felt to be undesirable that they should have a greater reward than the troops who were otherwise employed on that occasion.