HC Deb 20 February 1885 vol 294 cc906-7

asked the Surveyor General of Ordnance, What proportion of the one million six hundred thousand pounds, asked for in the Admiralty programme for guns, is to be expended on new and old ships; and, what amount on fortifications, and where?


Of the £1,600,000 to "be expended on guns to which my hon. Friend refers, £1,500,000 will be for naval ordnance, leaving £100,000 to be devoted to the extension of plant at Woolwich. The additional expenditure will be at the rate of £300,000 a-year over and above the ordinary provision of £500,000 sanctioned in the Army Estimates of the coming year. In the ordinary course the additional money will be absorbed in providing armaments for the new ships. The provision for the armaments of fortifications is not included in the amount to which the Question refers,