HC Deb 20 July 1897 vol 51 cc563-4
MR. J. GRETTON (Derbyshire, S.)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War if it is a fact that an expert officer in the service of a foreign Government was recently shown the process of filling shells with high explosives by a highly placed official in the Ordnance Factories; if such a proceeding is in conformity with the provisions of the Official Secrets Act; and, are corresponding facilities for obtaining important information granted to British officers by officials in the Government factories of Foreign Powers?


The process referred to is a dangerous one, and is not, therefore, shown to ordinary visitors, but it is not secret, and the Official Secrets Act did not come in question.


asked whether the right hon. Gentleman was aware that information as to this process was systematically withheld from officers in the British Service?


No, Sir: I am not aware that such is the case, but I will make inquiries into the matter.