§ MR. MONTAGU (Tower Hamlets, Whitechapel)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War what number of barges were moored to the Tower Wharf in 1889 for the purpose of loading or unloading goods on the quay; and whether such goods could not be received and despatched by read?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. E. STANHOPE, Lincoln, Horncastle)
Forty-seven barges were so moored. The goods conveyed by rail could, of course, have been carried by rail and delivered by waggon, but the cost of transport would be heavily in- 1623 creased, especially on stores from Woolwich, for which the river is a most convenient highway.