HC Deb 24 May 1886 vol 305 c1834
MR. SEAGER HUNT (Marylebone, W.)

asked the Surveyor General of Ordnance, Whether, in consequence of the uneasiness created in the public mind by the bursting of the gun on board H.M.S. Collingwood, Her Majesty's Government will grant a Royal Commission to inquire into and Report upon the design and construction of our modern ordnance?


I must refer the hon. Gentleman to the replies already made by the Secretary of State for War and by myself, specifying the Ordnance Committee with associated members as the tribunal to which had been referred the causes of the recent failure of a 43-ton gun. Until the Report of that Committee shall be received no other action can be taken.