§ MR. R. W. DUFF (Banffshire)
asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, If he will state to the House the names of the firms alluded to in his speech at Liverpool on the 25th of October to whom orders have been given for additional guns for the Navy, and if the orders referred to include guns over nine inches diameter?
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, WAR DEPARTMENT (Mr. BRODRICK) (Surrey, Guildford)
(who replied) said: The firms alluded to by my hon. Friend are those of Messrs. Vickers and Co., Sir William Armstrong and Co., and Sir 1030 Joseph Whitworth and Co. The orders referred to do include guns over nine inches in diameter.
§ MR. R. W. DUFF
Will the guns in question be paid for out of the Estimates of the year, or will they cause a Supplementary Estimate?
§ MR. BRODRICK
The guns in question will be paid for out of the Estimates for the year; but if the payments falling due should prove to be in excess of the Estimates, the balance will be provided by a Supplementary Estimate.