HC Deb 17 May 1870 vol 201 c812

said, he would beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether it is still his intention to demand of the War Office a thirty-five ton Whitworth Gun for the use of the Navy, or whether the War Office has satisfied him of the inexpediency of incurring this expenditure?


Sir, the state of the case is as follows:—My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War and I agreed, after consulting our responsible advisers, that Messrs. Whitworth should be called upon to tender for a 35-ton naval gun, and this tender has been under the consideration of the Ordnance Council. I have not yet received full official information of the proceedings of the Council, portions of which are not yet printed; but I am aware of the general view they have taken, and when the Papers are complete my right hon. Friend and I will consider with our advisers what course in the matter we shall adopt.