I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that on the occasion of the last gunpowder explosion in the Royal Arsenal in 1868 or 1869, the Coroner's Jury found that the explosion was due to want of proper superintendence, and if, on the occasion of the late lyddite explosion, the Coroner's Jury made remarks in the same direction; and, if so, will he state if any steps will be taken to prevent a third Coroner's Report to the same effect.
§ MR. BRODRICK
The hon. Member appears to be misinformed. The explosion alluded to took place in 1867. The Coroner's Jury did not find that it was due to want of proper superintendence. The causes of the recent explosion are under investigation.