HC Deb 18 July 1898 vol 62 c71
MR. DALY (Monaghan, S.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that cartridges manufactured by the Normal Powder and Ammunition Company, Hendon, are very much delayed in transit by the Customs authorities; whether he can state the cause of the delay in delivering the cartridges sent by the company to Mr. Henry Brannigan, Castleblaney, on 20th May; and if he will see that in future cartridges sent by the company to Ireland will be promptly delivered?


This is a Customs Question. The cases of alleged delay in the delivery of the manufactures of the Normal Powder and Ammunition Company have not come under the notice of the Board of Customs. There was certainly no delay on the part of the Department with respect to the cartridges mentioned as having been consigned to Castleblaney. These were not presented for shipment at Holyhead until the 27th May. They left that port, by the Connemara, at 1.56 a.m. on the 28th, and were passed by the Coastguard at Greenore on the same day.


How was it that it took from the 20th to the 27th May for the cartridges to reach Holyhead?


I cannot say. The Customs are not responsible for that.