§ 16. Mr. MATTERS
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the admission to Dartmouth Naval College of 373 the son of King Alfonso is subject to his undergoing the educational, physical, and other tests and examinations which cadets are ordinarily required to pass?
§ The FIRST LORD of the ADMIRALTY (Mr. A. V. Alexander)
The admission of foreigners to courses of naval training and instruction is never subject to the ordinary tests and examinations.
§ Mr. MATTERS
May I ask whether this lad will in due course be entitled to enter the Navy and receive pay in the service of this country?
§ Mr. THORNE
May I ask you, Mr. Speaker, whether the man in question should be designated ex-King or Mr.?
§ Mr. BRACKEN
Is it not a fact that this boy's father was a true friend of innumerable English men and women during the War?
§ Mr. MARLEY
On a point of Order. In view of your Ruling, Mr. Speaker, that the designation in the question is quite correct, may I ask of where is he King?
§ Mr. ALEXANDER
Prince Juan of Spain is the only non-British subject at present at the college. With the exception of certain foreign princes, foreign subjects have not ordinarily been admitted into the college, primarily owing to considerations of accommodation and to the fact that the alternative facilities 374 in His Majesty's Ship "Erebus," for the purely naval training generally asked for, have been found more suitable.
§ Captain W. G. HALL
Are not the regulations really strict, and only British-born subjects of pure European descent are eligible for entry into Dartmouth?
§ Mr. ALEXANDER
That is not the position. We have precedents like the case of the Belgian Prince for admissions of this character.
§ Mr. OLIVER BALDWIN
Is it not the case that he is a Prince and the other is not called a Prince at all?