§ MR. MAGUIRE
said, he wished to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether it is true that experiments were made at Shoeburyness on the 27th day of April last upon a Target called "Chalmers Target;" and, if so, whether the principle upon which that Target was constructed was not based upon the plans and drawings supplied by Mr. John Clare, junior, to the Admiralty (by their Order, dated the 22nd day of June 1855), on the 25th day of June 1855; and, if not, in what particulars that Target differs from such plans and drawings?
§ LORD CLARENCE PAGET
said, in reply, that it was true that experiments were made at Shoeburyness on the 27th April, with a target called the "Chalmers Target." Whether that invention of Mr. Chalmers was an infringement of the patents of Mr. John Clare, junior, was a matter as to which the Admiralty had no information, and they did not think it advisable to give any opinion.