CAPTAIN PEICE (Devonport)
asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether an inquiry will be made into the cause of the bursting of the 43-ton gun on board H.M.S. Collingwood; and, if so, by whom will the inquiry be conducted?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. HIBBERT) (Oldham),
in reply, said, that his hon. Friend the Surveyor General of the Ordnance had stated last night that the question of the bursting of the 43-ton gun would be inquired into by the Ordnance Committee of the War Office; and after they had reported his noble Friend Lord Ripon would suggest to the Secretary for War that an inquiry should be made by an independent Committee with regard to the remaining guns on board the ship in question.