§ MR. HENRY BAILLIE
said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, Upon whose recommendation cast-iron guns, tubed with wrought iron, are to be supplied to the Australian Government by the Elswick Ordnance Company, it having been stated by the Ordnance Select Committee that such guns are not suitable for the battering charges used by our service guns, and no such guns having been admitted into the British Service?
§ SIR JOHN PAKINGTON,
in reply, said, it was not in his power to answer the Question. He was aware that the Government of Victoria had been very desirous to obtain guns in this country in order to put them on board a man-of-war supplied by the Admiralty to the colony. But they had not applied to the War Office for guns; they had proceeded to purchase by their own agent, and therefore he was, as he said, unable to answer the Question.