HC Deb 22 June 1883 vol 280 cc1270-1

asked the Surveyor General of Ordnance, If his attention has been called to a Paper circulated amongst Members of this House by Mr. Lynal Thomas, in which that gentleman makes the grave charge of "fraud" against the War Department, in connection with his claim to be the inventor of the heavy guns now in use in Her Majesty's Navy; and, if he proposes to institute any inquiry into the case for the purpose of refuting such a serious imputation?


Yes, Sir. The attention of the Secretary of State has been called to the charge of fraud made by Mr. Lynal Thomas against the War Department; but it is not his intention to institute any further inquiry, as he fully concurs in the decisions of previous Secretaries of State, which were arrived at after full consideration of the subject.