HC Deb 17 September 1886 vol 309 c786
SIR GUYER HUNTER (Hackney, Central)

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he can state how many guns have burst during the past five years, after being issued for service?

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

Sir, the guns which have actually burst have been five, besides which two have been rendered unserviceable for the time being by cracking their tubes. If the hon. Member will move for it, I shall be happy to give him a Return showing the calibre, endurance, and other particulars of the guns which thus failed.