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Volume 203: debated on Monday 1 August 1870

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said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, Whether, as the last examination under the old system has now taken place, he has any objection to state what is intended to be the future scheme of examination in the case of candidates for direct commissions; and, what scheme is to be finally adopted with reference to the examination of candidates for admission to Woolwich and Sandhurst?

Sir, an examination of 500 candidates for direct commissions was held on the 25th of July. The number that will probably pass will be so large that there is no need for any very early examination of further candidates. The new regulations are under consideration, and will be published in good time for the next examination. The scheme for the next Woolwich examination will be adhered to, and that for future examinations is under consideration. The Report of the Royal Commission upon Sandhurst has only just been received, and no decision has yet been taken upon it.