§ MR. R. B. MARTIN (Worcester, Droitwich)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War, when the guns will be placed in the Needles (Isle of Wight) Fort; and on what principle of economy this fort has been constructed and been left without armament for nearly two years?
§ * MR. BRODRICK
The Needles passage is defended by heavy guns, though not of so recent a type as the armament which will be put in the new fort. The money available for the supply of heavy guns has not been sufficient to provide all the armaments required, but the matter is now under consideration.