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Part of Orders of the Day — Supply. – in the House of Commons on 24th March 1922.

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Photo of Mr Worthington Evans Mr Worthington Evans , Colchester

I can now answer the question which was put to me on the last Vote in regard to the fees at Sandhurst. They are to be increased from £100 to £200 a year for the sons of civilians, but not for the sons of soldiers. The sons of soldiers have a special rate. That is being increased by 33⅓ per cent. I cannot give the exact fees, but they are not £200 a year. In addition to that, there are forms of scholarship which reduce the fees very largely. I think in the case of sons of widows the fee is as low as £30 or £40 a year. I will give more accurate figures. I am only speaking from memory at this moment. When the hon. Members says that the fees for the sons of civilians are too high, he should recollect that the actual cost is nearer double, nearer £400 a year. [An HON. MEMBER: "Consolidate the two establishments."] So that this is a great concession which is being made in the actual cost to those who go to Sandhurst, even the sons of civilians. On the whole, I think I shall be able to persuade my hon. Friend that justice has been done.