§ MR. TREVELYAN (Yorkshire, W. R. Elland)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to a circular issued by the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge inviting candidates for commissions in the Army to come forward from among the students, in which the following words occur: "The Vice-Chancellor will require to be satisfied that the means of candidates are sufficient to enable them to hold a commission in the branch of the service for which they apply"; whether this notice was issued with the knowledge and approval of the War Office; and whether he is aware that owing to this notice and requirement, a considerable, number of men otherwise anxious to give their services to the country at this crisis, have been deterred from applying for commissions.
§ *THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. WYNDHAM,) Dover
The War Office was not consulted in regard to this notice, which seems to have been perfectly within the competence of the Vice-Chancellor. The applications 1179 made to the Vice-Chancellor have been so numerous as to suggest that it had no deterrent effect.