HC Deb 18 November 1912 vol 44 c28W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will in future place the Officers' Training Corps in schools receiving the Board of Education Grant on the same basis as those in endowed schools, so that in both cases the Grant for efficiency may be given to boys of fifteen and upwards; and, if not, on what grounds the poorer schools receive less generous treatment?

Colonel SEELY

The Territorial and reserve Forces Act, Clause 2 (2) (f), lays down that no financial assistance shall be given in respect of any person in a battalion or corps in a school in receipt of a Parliamentary Grant until such person has attained the age of sixteen. This proviso was adopted by Parliament after full discussion, and I am not at present aware of any fresh argument for an amendment of the Act in the direction suggested.