§ COLONEL RUSSELL (Cheltenham)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether, in consequence of the alteration of the terms of study at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, the parents of some cadets have had to pay twice over for two months' tuition; and, whether the authorities at the War Office have declined either to refund the money or to give any explanation as to the reason for this extra charge being made?
§ * THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. BRODRICK, Surrey, Guildford)
The commencement of the terms was altered for the public convenience, with the result that the date of payment is thrown forward by nearly three months, but the total charge for the cadet's instruction remains the same as previously, while he has the advantage of obtaining his commission three months earlier. The payment must, therefore, remain as it is; but the usual messing allowance for the number of days by which the time is to be shortened will be allowed to each cadet on his leaving the Academy.