§ 35. Mr. GILBERT
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many boy artificers are appointed by the Navy annually; whether these boys are drawn from any particular class of school; whether any number is allocated to any towns or districts in the country: how many places are allotted to London; and if the education authority is invited to submit names for the vacancies?
§ Mr. HODGES
As the reply is somewhat long, I will, with the hon. Member's 451 permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ The reply is as follows:
§ The number of artificer apprentices entered annually depends on requirements, which vary from time to time. 103 were entered from the two examinations held last year.
§ There are two examinations yearly:—
- (1) Open competition in April, conducted by the Civil Service Commission. Any boy within the prescribed limits of age may compete.
- (2) October examination for boys recommended by Educational Authorities throughout the United Kingdom. (This system has recently been extended to recommendations by Officers Commanding Territorial Cadet Units in the case of boys who, having left school, cannot obtain a recommendation from an Educational Authority.)
§ Proportions of the vacancies are not allocated to any particular towns or districts.
§ Educational Authorities are not actually invited each year to submit names, but the system is well known throughout the country, and applications naturally emanate in the first place from the candidates themselves.