HC Deb 31 August 1886 vol 308 cc895-6

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether the Report of the Committee on the Collingwood gun has yet been made, the late First Lord of the Admiralty having stated, on the 31st of May, that he had been told by the War Office that the said Report would be furnished "in a fortnight or three weeks;" and, whether he is able to give the name of the official who supplied this erroneous information to his predecessor?

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

(who replied) said: I will answer this Question. The Surveyor General of the Ordnance stated on the 23rd instant, in reply to a Question of the hon. and gallant Member for Great Yarmouth (Sir Henry Tyler), that the Report had just been received, and would be laid before Parliament as soon as possible. On reference to Hansard I find that what the First Lord of the Admiralty said was that "it was anticipated that the Report would be forthcoming in a fortnight or three weeks." The Report has been laid on the Table of the House.