§ COLONEL HUGHES-HALLETT Rochester)
asked the Surveyor General of the Ordnance, How many solid-drawn cartridge cases are in store at the present moment; when they first began to be manufactured; and what nature of cartridges, and how many, are available at the present time for the troops in the event of a sudden war?
§ THE SURVEYOR GENERAL (Mr. NORTHCOTE) (Exeter)
The manufacture of solid-drawn cartridges commenced in March, 1885. As regards the remainder of the Question, I must refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply given on the 9th of September last by my right hon. Friend the First Lord of the Treasury (Mr. W. H. Smith). I could only repeat his answer; but I may say, generally, that an adequate supply of solid-drawn cartridges are in store.