HC Deb 19 March 1891 vol 351 cc1429-30

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether it is the fact that the bolt-head of the magazine rifle placed by the Government at the United Service Institution has broken down; and, if so, what is the exact nature of the accident, and to what causes is it to be attributed; whether he will give directions for a rifle of the Mark II. pattern to be placed at the United Service Institution; and whether the War Office have placed any of the rifles Mark I. at the disposal of Foreign Governments, and to which Governments they have been sent?


The bolt-head of the magazine rifle at the United Service Institution has been broken by the unnecessary violence of a workman. I am not prepared to issue a rifle of Mark II. to the Institution at present. As regards the third question, I will explain privately to the right hon. Gentleman what has been done, but it is not a question which it is desirable to answer in the House.