HC Deb 03 March 1864 vol 173 c1366

Sir, I would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether Her Majesty's Government are prepared to take any steps to prevent the wearing of sheath or dagger knives, from the use of which so many murders have been committed?


I have received, Sir, a communication from the magistrates of Liverpool, transmitting to me an Address from the Mercantile Marine Association, with reference to a practice common among seamen, and especially foreign seamen, of carrying about with them knives of a very formidable character. The magistrates appear to have taken every precaution to cheek the practice, and wherever an attack is proved to have been made by any man with one of these knives, severe punishment is inflicted. I cannot myself see that any other remedy can be applied, as we could hardly prohibit seamen from carrying knives. However, I told the magistrates that I am ready to entertain any practical remedy that they may suggest.