HC Deb 14 March 1887 vol 312 c175
MR. CHANCE (Kilkenny, S.)

asked the Secretary of State for War, What was the cost incurred by the production of the Enfield-Martini rifles lately issued and condemned or abandoned; and, whether the Lee-Burton and Leo magazine rifles will be submitted to independent criticism before being manufactured?

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

Although the accounts have not yet been made up in detail, it is estimated that the Enfield-Martini rifles cost 45s. each. They have neither been condemned nor abandoned. the Lee-Burton and Lee magazine rifles are about to be issued for thorough trial by the Army and Navy before either pattern is adopted.