§ Mr. COCKSasked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he will give the number of cadets entered for the executive and engineering branches of the Navy through Dartmouth and the public schools, and the number of Royal Marine officers entered, during the years 1931 to 1935; and the number of promotions to commissioned rank from the lower deck in the same period?

Lord STANLEYThe numbers asked for by the hon. Member are as follow:

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§ Mr. COCKSasked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he will give the total cost of Dartmouth College during the current year; the number of cadets borne; the total number of the staff; the cost per cadet; the various scales of fees charged to the parents and guardians; the bursaries granted; and the numbers now being educated at the college under the various scales?

Lord STANLEYThe total cost of the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, in the current year, allowing for the accruing non-effective liability for naval and civil staff and for allied services (rates, stationery, etc.), the cost of which is borne by civil Votes, is estimated at £106,000, against which can be set receipts amounting to £49,500 arising from fees for cadets.

The number of cadets borne is 405. Details of the staff will be found on pages 75–79 of the Navy Estimates, 1936.

The average gross cost per cadet is £262 per annum, but the average net cost, i.e., after making allowance for fees paid by parents and guardians, is £140 per annum. The normal fees is at the rate of £150 a year, but reduced fees are allowed where the pecuniary circumstances of the parents are, in the opinion of the Admiralty, such as to justify reductions being made. No bursaries are granted, except by way of reduction in fees, as explained above.

The various scales of fees charged to parents or guardians at present in force are as follow:—

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287 cadets at £150 per annum. 1 cadet at £125 per annum. 8 cadets at £120 per annum. 1 cadet at £110 per annum. 15 cadets at £100 per annum. 2 cadets at £95 per annum. 2 cadets at £90 per annum. 3 cadets at £85 per annum. 9 cadets at £80 per annum. 6 cadets at £75 per annum. 20 cadets at £70 per annum. 1 cadet at £65 per annum. 11 cadets at £60 per annum. 5 cadets at £50 per annum. 1 cadet at £45 per annum. 28 cadets at £40 per annum. 1 cadet at £30 per annum. 4 King's cadets—No fees payable. 405

§ Mr. COCKSasked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he will give the figures for 1936 of the number of cadets to be entered for the executive and engineering branches of the Navy through Dartmouth and the public schools; the number of Royal Marine officers to be entered; and the number of vacancies for commissions in these branches to be filled from the lower deck?

Lord STANLEYI regret that I am not yet in a position to give the final figures for 1936, but the January entries were: 46 through Dartmouth, 31 through the Special Entry (Executive), eight through the Special Entry (Engineering), and 15 officers to the Royal Marines. The number of commissions to be filled from the lower deck during 1936 depends largely on the number of candidates fully qualified and considered suitable.