HC Deb 11 February 1947 vol 433 c171
31. Mr. Wadsworth

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will give information as to the number of candidates submitted to the Royal Military Academy from independent schools, direct grant schools and State controlled schools, respectively; and the number of cadetships awarded by the Royal Military Academy in the same groups.

Mr. Bellenger

There has so far been only one examination for entrants for Sandhurst from civil life, and I have not yet got the particulars of the various types of schools from which the candidates came. I have asked the Civil Service Commissioners for these, and when I receive them I will write to the hon. Member. The numbers finally accepted for entry to Sandhurst will not be known before the end of March.

Mr. Hogg

Will the right hon. Gentleman give us an assurance that the best candidates will be chosen, irrespective of their educational background?

Mr. Bellenger

Yes, most assuredly.