HC Deb 25 May 1903 vol 122 c1627
MR. HENRY HOBHOUSE (Somersetshire, E.)

To ask the Secretary of State for War what is the number of Sandhurst cadets who have passed the final examination and are now waiting for commissions; and whether he will consider the practicability of giving these young men a course of training in musketry or mounted infantry drill during the summer months, so as to increase their value as soldiers when they join their regiments.

(Answered by Hr. Secretary Brodrick.) The total number of the last batch of cadets from the Royal Military College who are fully qualified and not yet gazetted is 33. These cadets have been allowed to wait, for their own convenience, for special regiments in which at present there are no vacancies. The Army is at present largely in excess of its establishment of Officers.