§ Commander BELLAIRS
asked the Secretary to the Admiralty whether he can state the proportion of cases in which the parents' contribution of £50 per annum for midshipmen was waived because of the pecuniary circumstance of the parents, and the proportion of cases in which it had been reduced up to 21st June?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
There have been about forty applications for remission of private allowances, owing to the pecuniary circumstances of the parents or guardians of the young officers. Of these twenty-nine have replied to the Admiralty letter, which is sent in all cases, asking for particulars of reduction in income, etc., and, in accordance with the discretionary powers possessed by them, the Board of Admiralty have approved the waiving of the private allowance in twenty-seven cases. In two only have the applications been refused, and in one of those conditionally. No applications for a reduced private allowance have been received.