§ COLONEL BOWLES (Middlesex, Enfield)
To ask the Financial Secretary to-the War Office what sum of the £325,000 devoted to rifles and bayonets in the Estimates it is proposed to expend at the Enfield Factory; and why is the Estimate for rifles and bayonets £6,000 in excess of the amount spent last year, when so many men have received notice of discharge at Enfield and Sparkbrook.
(Answered by Mr. Bromley Davenport.) The amount available for rifles and bayonets next year is £443,000, as compared with £606,000 for the current year. In both years additions to the amounts shown in Estimates have to be made for orders from India, the Navy, and the Colonies. It is not possible to state at present what orders will be allocated to Enfield.