HC Deb 01 March 1887 vol 311 c882

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he can state how many guns have been sent out to Singapore for the fortifications planned and approved of in the year 1884, and when the armaments for the defences now in process of erection will be completed; and, whether the Government propose to fortify the northern end of the Island of Singapore, and any part of the adjacent territory of Johore, in order to secure the efficient defence of Singapore as a coaling station?

THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horncastle)

A large proportion of the guns required for the defence of Singapore has been sent out. Of the remainder all but two will be despatched during the present year. I am sure that my hon. Friend will see that it is not desirable for me, in the interests of the Public Service, to give details of the work.