§ Lieut.-Colonel FREMANTLE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War what number of candidates competed for appointments to the Royal Army Medical Corps at the last examination; what number of vacancies was advertised; how many candidates passed the examination; how many received commissions; what are the main reasons for this dearth of candidates; and how he proposes to remedy them?
Fifteen vacancies were advertised for appointments to the Royal Army Medical Corps at the last examination, for which four candidates competed and were all successful, subsequently receiving commissions. As regards the last two points in the hon. and gallant Member's question, I would point out that the examination, the first since 1914, was unavoidably held, at the very short notice of one month. Before entering into speculation as to other reasons and remedies, I think it will 2788W be best to see what are the results of an examination held under more favourable conditions.