§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether, having regard to the fact that breech-loading and machine-made guns are largely used in the Service, the Department will insist upon gunners and officers attaining greater proficiency in their knowledge of the mechanical arrangement of guns; and whether, should a rule exist requiring gunners and officers to be able to take guns to pieces and put them together again, it will be more rigorously enforced?
§ MR. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
By "machine-made guns" I presume that the hon. Member means machine guns. As regards all weapons, the officers and troops who have to use them are instructed how to separate and put together the component parts according to detailed directions published in the various handbooks.