HC Deb 18 May 1893 vol 12 c1261

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War how many of the Lee-Metford magazine rifles, Mark I. pattern, have been returned by Commanding Officers owing to defects in the working of the bolt and bolt-head?


When the rifles of early manufacture were first issued complaints were made in regard to the bolt and bolt-head. Modifications were introduced and have been applied to all arms of the pattern in question. Since the introduction of these improvement all complaints have practically ceased, and no failures have been reported.

In answer to a further question by Mr. WEIR, whose words were quite unintelligible in the Gallery,


asked that the period during the Recess might be allowed him in order to ascertain.