HC Deb 12 October 1916 vol 86 cc222-3W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the Canadian troops are armed with the Ross rifle, and if its manufacture is being continued; whether General Haig, at the request of the Government, made a report on the efficiency of this weapon; and, if so, whether there is any objection to its being laid before Parliament?


The Canadian troops in France are not now armed with Ross rifles. The War Office Contracts are being com- pleted, the rifles delivered under them being used for various services other than those in the field. Sir Douglas Haig made a report on the Ross rifle at his own instance, and subsequently made similar recommendations in compliance with the request from the Army Council for a report. I will consider whether these Papers can be laid before Parliament.