§ 41. Mr. Parker
asked the Secretary of State for War why all cadets finishing their course are being passed out from Sandhurst this year into the Army with no examination; and why any need to satisfy a shortage of officers cannot be met by raising suitable candidates from the ranks instead of thus lowering the qualifications for entering the officer corps?
§ Mr. Hore-Belisha
Cadets of the present senior and intermediate terms at both Woolwich and Sandhurst, including some who have previously served in the ranks, are being commissioned early in July in order to provide additional officers to assist in the training of militiamen. This has necessitated cancellation of the final term examination at Sandhurst. There are no final term examinations at Woolwich. All cadets will, however, have qualified at the normal tests held during the terms, and no cadet will be commissioned who has; not satisfied the Commandant that he has reached a satisfactory standard.