HC Deb 20 October 1994 vol 248 cc345-6W
Dr. Marek

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many pupils attended the Queen Victoria school, Dunblane, in the summer term; and if he will give details of the ranks held by the parents serving in HM forces.

Mr. Soames

These matters are for the Queen Victoria school under its framework document. I have asked the chief executive to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Brian Raine to Dr John Marek, dated 20 October 1994: I have been asked to reply to your Question about the number of pupils attending Queen Victoria School in the Summer Term 1994 and Ranks held by parents serving in HM Forces. The number of pupils who attended Queen Victoria School in the Summer Term 1994 was 250. The parents of pupils are drawn from all three Services and the ranks held by them range from Private soldier to Major (or other Service equivalents). The majority of parents who are still serving, fall in the rank of Sergeant to Warrant Officer which are the ranks that regular servicemen or women would expect to achieve with children of an age eligible to attend the School. Children of Officers have only this year become eligible to attend the School in line with the practice at the Duke of York's Royal Military School, Dover. I hope this answers your question satisfactorily but if there is anything on which you wish me to elaborate please do not hesitate to contact me.