§ Major POLE
asked the Secretary of State for India whether he will give particulars in regard to the number and amount of the grants that have been made in accordance with the decision of the Government of India to make grants to Indian cadets proceeding to Sandhurst to meet the difference between the estimated cost of their military education in India and the cost in England?
§ Mr. BENN
Under the present system, an Indian cadet on proceeding to Sandhurst after passing the Army entrance examination in India, is given a grant of £100 to meet the cost of equipment arid clothing required on arrival in this country, and while borne on the books of the college is credited with a special overseas allowance at the rate of 4s. a day in addition to his ordinary pay as a cadet. Further financial assistance may also be given in cases of pecuniary need. In addition, free passages from and to India have been provided since Indian cadets were first admitted to Sandhurst. The number of Indian cadets now at Sandhurst to whom the new system of grants has been or is being applied is seven; 11 more are due to join within the next few weeks.