§ SIR CHARLES DILKE
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, as stated by the chairman at a recent meeting of the Vickers Company, the Admiralty have bought a new gun, to be called Mark IX.; and, if so, whether any such guns are yet in use; or, if not, from what date it is expected that they will be mounted in the ships of the Navy.
* See The Parliamentary Debates [Fourth Series], Vol. lxxix., page 1524.1062
The statement of Mr. Vickers, as quoted in The Times refers to the new pattern 12-in. gun. This pattern has been approved for some time. A considerable number are under order and several have been delivered. None are yet in use. The first ship which will carry this gun is the "Formidable," which should be ready for her guns during the present year.