HC Deb 22 March 1878 vol 238 c1838

asked the Surveyor General of the Ordnance, Whether the Vote of Credit of £6,000,000 is being used in providing submarine mines for the defence of other parts of the British Coasts as well as for the shores of the Clyde; and, if so, where?


Sir, generally speaking, no doubt, submarine mines have been used on other parts of the British coast than the Clyde; and if the hon. Baronet has a special interest in any particular harbour or port, I shall be most happy to satisfy his curiosity privately. But he will, I am sure, for obvious reasons, hardly think it reasonable or expedient to publish to the world what is being done for the defence of our coasts.