asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many naval cadets are now under training at the naval colleges at Dartmouth and Keyham and in the training cruisers; whether it is considered essential that this number should be trained for His Majesty's Navy; how many cadets were under training in March, 1914; and how many cadets is it proposed to enter during the present year and in 1923, respectively?
651 naval cadets are now under training at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and in the training ships, as compared with a total of 1,034 under training in March, 1914. No cadets are now sent to Keyham. The present number of cadets under training, when account is taken of the reductions to be made in the present two senior terms at Dartmouth on passing out, is considered essential to meet requirements. The number of entries proposed to be made during 1922 is 164; the number for 1923 will not be fixed until later when requirements can be more clearly foreseen, but a slight increase will probably be found to be necessary.