HC Deb 05 March 1886 vol 303 c14

asked the Secretary of State for War, How many Martini-Henry rifles there are in store in the United Kingdom at the present moment; and, whether the re-arming of the Forces at Home and in India with the new rifle arranged for by the late Government is entirely suspended; and, if not, how many of these arms it is proposed to turn out at the Enfield Royal Small Arms Factory during the coming year?


I do not think that it would be for the good of the Public Service that I should give the information asked for in the first part of the noble Lord's Question. As regards the new rifle, there is no intention of suspending its manufacture. It will be more convenient if I state the arrangements which are to be made when I move the Estimates.