HC Deb 27 March 1890 vol 343 c27

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether the Ballincollig Powder Company, Limited, tendered for the making of the powder casks; and at what price are such casks usually supplied to the Government?

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

No, Sir; the Ballincollig Powder Company, Limited, did not tender for gunpowder casks; but in reply to our inquiries they gave 4s. as the price of a hand-made barrel of the ordinary trade type, which is quite unsuitable for our purposes. It is understood that they are now endeavouring to produce a barrel equal to our pattern, which is machine-made. The service powder barrel is made in the Royal Laboratory, and costs about 4s.