HC Deb 21 February 1887 vol 311 cc159-60

asked the Surveyor General of the Ordnance, How many million Boxer Martini-Henry cartridges have been manufactured in the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich since 1st January 1885, that date being subsequent to their failure in the Soudan, and to the condemnatory Report made upon them by the General Officer Commanding the Officers in the Field; and how many, if any, subsequent to the official assurance that no more of these cartridges would be made, but that steps would be taken to supply the troops with solid-drawn cartridge cases?


The annual consumption of these cartridges required for practice by the Regular and Auxiliary Forces and the Royal Navy is about 45,000,000, and they have been manufactured at a little over that rate since January 1, 1885. I am not aware of any assurance having been given that the rolled metal cartridge would not in future be used for practice.