HC Deb 03 July 1916 vol 83 cc1211-2
73. Mr. WATT

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War, if he will inquire from the three or four officers who constitute the board for appointing officers at Grove Park whether they will publish a list of the schools which meet with their approval as educational establishments at which applicants for officers' posts must have been educated before they will receive from this board positions in the British Array, so that those candidates who have not been educated at any of these approved schools may not waste their time going through the form of studying and sitting for examinations at Grove Park?


I had made this inquiry before I gave my previous answer to my hon. Friend on the 29th June. I must repeat that it does not affect the decision of the officers who examine candidates at Grove Park, whether the candidate has been educated at one school or another. No good purpose would be served, therefore, by the publication of the list of schools which would be irrelevant. From November, 1915, until 3lst May, 1916, out of 245 cadets who have passed through the Cadet School at Grove Park, 231 have obtained commissions.


Do I understand that there is a list of schools which has the approval of this board, and which does not wish to publish it?


No, my hon. Friend understands nothing of that kind from me.