HC Deb 04 March 1886 vol 302 cc1889-90

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether it is intended to discharge a number of workmen from the Enfield Small Arms Works on the 1st April; and, if so, how many are to be so discharged; and, whether any weapons, such as might be produced at Enfield, have been, or are being, made on the Continent for the War Department?


With regard to the first part of the hon. and gallant Member's Question, I would ask him to allow me to give the answer in reply to the Questions (Nos. 63 and 65) standing in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Bethnal Green (Mr. Howell) and of the noble Viscount the Member for Enfield (Viscount Folkestone); because those Questions were, at my request, postponed till to-day from Tuesday last. With reference to the latter part of the Question, only swords have been contracted for out of this country, under circumstances already explained to the House. Existing contracts cannot be interfered with; but no additional number will be obtained from abroad in consequence of any arrangements now made for the supplies of next year.