§ MR. HOWARD VINCENT
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if the quality of the projectiles recently obtained from abroad, by reason of the lower foreign tender, was equal to that proposed to be supplied from Sheffield at a somewhat higher price; and in what way it was or will be tested to show that the £14 per projectile saved in cost was not lost in the material and the excellence of Sheffield manufacture?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. E. STANHOPE,) Lincolnshire, Horncastle
The tests for armour-piercing projectiles are laid down by the Ordnance Committee, and are the same wherever the shells may be manufactured. The contract is placed with a firm of great reputation, and the proofs have been quite satisfactory.