Military Academy, Sandhurst (Incidents)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd July 1952.

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Photo of Mr George Wigg Mr George Wigg , Dudley 12:00 am, 22nd July 1952

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has a statement to make on the recent disorders at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

Photo of Mr Anthony Head Mr Anthony Head , Carshalton

On 8th July, it was announced at the R.M.A., Sandhurst, that the Gaza Company had won the intercompany competition for the third term running. Subsequently, during a display of jubilation, some slight damage was caused to property, which will be paid for by the cadets concerned. Although the roof was climbed and some cadets fell in the lake, such occurrences are not exceptional, and I see no cause for concern about the general standard of discipline and behaviour at the Royal Military Academy.

Photo of Mr George Wigg Mr George Wigg , Dudley

Although the right hon. Gentleman is trying to laugh this off, will he inform the House whether anyone was admitted to hospital and what is the total estimated cost of the damage to public property?

Photo of Mr Anthony Head Mr Anthony Head , Carshalton

The total of the damage was about £60, which, divided among the number of cadets concerned, will not be a very large financial responsibility for them. With regard to hospital, there were some minor injuries, but everybody is now perfectly all right again.

Photo of Mr George Wigg Mr George Wigg , Dudley

Would the right bon. Gentleman answer the question: were there any admissions to hospital?