HC Deb 08 June 1888 vol 326 c1523
MR. ERNEST BECKETT (York, N.R., Whitby)

had the following Question on the Paper:—To ask the Secretary of State for War, Whether he is aware that the new guns recently sent to Aden arrived without sights and pumps, and are, consequently, useless; and, whether he will take steps to rectify this omission, in consequence of which Aden is practically defenceless, as soon as possible?

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

I hope the House will allow me to answer this Question, as it is of great importance. Two 6-inch breech-loading guns were received at Aden without sights and other stores. Steps were taken to supply this deficiency, and the sights and pumps will be sent out forthwith. But I am strongly of opinion that the mistake ought not to have occurred. I hope, however, that no delay has been caused, as the guns and their mountings will take some time to set up.

MR. LYELL (Orkney and Shetland)

asked, if the right hon. Gentleman could identify any person responsible for this Omission?


I must have Notice of that Question; I think I know where the mistake occurred.