HC Deb 18 February 1926 vol 191 cc2129-30W

asked the Secretary of State for War what obligations are imposed in respect of the annual grant-in-aid for cadet corps; and whether instruction is given by members of the Regular Army or by members of the War Office?


The grant from Army funds is made only in respect of cadets who have qualified in the manner prescribed in Appendix IV of the Regulations for cadet units. Arrangements are made wherever pos- sible for the Permanent Staff of Territorial Army units to assist in the instruction of cadet units.


asked the Secretary of State for War how many cadet corps there are associated with the educational institutions of this country; what is the number of students enrolled; what is the earliest age of admission to these military organisations; how long these corps have received State aid; what amount has been paid in each succeeding year; and what is the reason for deciding to recommence this form of State aid in education in militarism?


The information asked for in the first two parts of the question will be found in the Cadet List published by His Majesty's Stationery Office. Boys may be enrolled at the age of 12. Grants have been made from Army funds since 1910; the amount paid each year was given in my answer to the hon. Member's question on the 11th instant. The grant is made because cadets often join the Army or the Territorial Army, and, moreover, the instruction given to them increases their alertness and teaches them both the power to obey and to command.