HC Deb 11 March 1959 vol 601 c1230
9. Mr. Strachey

asked the Secretary of State for War how many candidates for commission have come forward from the junior leader and apprentice schools, and over what period; how many have been successful; and what proportion of the total intake this figure represents.

Mr. Soames

In the time available I have not been able to obtain figures in the form set out in the Question. I will send them to the right hon. Member. There are at present about 1,500 officers in the Army who entered the Service as boys or apprentices.

Mr. Strachey

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that we should like to have these figures, because the Under-Secretary spoke of the remarkable number of young officers who have passed through these schools? I very much hope that that is the ease. It is an important and good development if it is so. Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I should like to have the real figures not only in private but on the Floor of the House?

Mr. Soames

The Question was tabled on Monday and I am afraid that I have not been able to complete my inquiries. I will send the figures to the right hon. Gentleman or answer a Question later—whichever he wants.