HC Deb 06 December 1906 vol 166 cc1164-5
MR. COCHRANE (Ayrshire, N.)

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether any experiments have been instituted by the War Office with a view to supplying our troops with higher velocity ammunition; and, if so when did such experiments commence; and when are they likely to be concluded.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) Yes, Sir, experiments in this direction have been in progress for some time. I am afraid that I cannot say when they will be concluded, but they are being carried out as rapidly as is consistent with the attainment of scientifically reliable results.


To ask the Secretary of State for War whether the French, German, and United States Governments have all adopted new small arms ammunition giving very much higher velocities than those obtained with our small arms ammunition.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) It is understood that the Governments referred to have adopted small arms ammunition giving higher velocities than that obtained from our present ammunition. The bullet is, of course, much lighter.