HC Deb 22 April 1879 vol 245 c837

asked the Surveyor General of Ordnance, Whether it is the intention of the Government to appoint an Ordnance Select Committee; and, if so, can he give the names of the Members; can he state what are the principal questions to be submitted to it for investigation; and, will the reason for the bursting of the "Thunderer's" gun be one of these?


It is the intention of the Government to appoint a Committee to consist of four Artillery officers, including one who shall represent the India Office, two Naval officers, and one Engineer officer. The names are not yet decided upon. The duties of the Committee will be to take up questions now before the Heavy Gun Committee, and also the subject of breech-loading for heavy guns. The Committee will further consider in what way, and to what extent, the experiments suggested by the Thunderer Committee should be carried out?