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Cadets (Revised Rates of Pay).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 2nd March 1926.

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Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

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asked the Secretary of State for War if he will consider the desirability of exempting the 220 cadets who were at Woolwich, and the 549 cadets who were at Sandhurst, on the 17th October, 1925, the date of the promulgation of the revised rates of pay, from the incidence of these rates on the ground that these cadets were already committed to a military career, and in the case of cadets from the ranks the new order altered the material conditions under which they had signed a contract to serve for five years as officers?

Photo of Mr Worthington Evans Mr Worthington Evans , Colchester

As I stated in answer to a question on this subject on the 4th February, I cannot agree to any general departure from the rule that officers commissioned on or after 26th October, 1925, come under the new rates and conditions of pay. The question of a possible concession to Woolwich cadets who suffer in comparison with Sandhurst cadets of equal seniority is under consideration. My hon. and gallant Friend is mistaken in thinking that cadets from the ranks are required to sign a contract to serve for five years as officers.

Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

Does not my right hon. Friend think that these cadets have been unfairly treated, as they were committed to a military career?

Photo of Mr Worthington Evans Mr Worthington Evans , Colchester

That is a matter of opinion. It is always very hard when there is an alteration in conditions of service, and sometimes it may well be said that it is unfair, but I have tried to do what is fair in this particular case.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Will the right hon. Gentleman see that the Woolwich cadets who went in at the same time are not prejudiced as compared with the Sandhurst cadets?

Photo of Mr Worthington Evans Mr Worthington Evans , Colchester

I have already said that that is under consideration.

Photo of Captain Robert Gee Captain Robert Gee , Bosworth

Will a decision be arrived at before these cadets will be due to be gazetted, in September or October of this year?

Sir L. WORTH INGTON-EVANS:

I cannot say.