§ Mr. BILLING
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he will state the principle employed in the appointment of the inspectors of horse-shoes; whether the types and materials passed by one inspector can be rejected by his successor; and, if so, what form of inquiry, if any, is initiated?
§ Mr. FORSTER
All men carrying out inspection of horse-shoes are practical farriers capable of making the shoes they inspect, and are called "viewers." Shoes once passed are marked with a Government stamp, and when so marked the inspection is final. The shoes are inspected to an approved sample, to which the viewer has access at all times. If he is in doubt, he refers to a principal viewer, and if there is still doubt the matter is submitted to the chief inspector at Woolwich Dockyard. A contractor can 2075W at any time appeal to the chief inspector, and, if necessary, the latter refers the matter to the War Office.