HC Deb 07 June 1866 vol 183 cc2036-7

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, Whether the penetration of various Guns have been tested against works faced with granite; and, if so, would he be pleased to lay before the House the official Report upon such experiments; and, whether the Gun-Cotton Commission have reported; and, if the Commission have not reported, when the Report may be expected?


replied that experiments had been made to test the penetration of various kinds of guns against granite, and that Reports had been received both from the Engineer and Artillery officers; but as additional experiments were about to take place he thought they had better be completed before any Report was laid on the table. The Gun-Cotton Commission were engaged in a laborious, and, to some extent, hazardous, investigation, and it would be some time before their Report would be ready.