HC Deb 10 July 1879 vol 248 cc26-7

wished to ask the Secretary of State for War a Question of which he had given him private Notice. It was, Whether it had escaped his observation that under the arrangements contained in the Paper circulated the day before flogging could not henceforth be inflicted for the crime of drunkenness on duty under arms in the immediate presence of the enemy; whether it was intended to retain corporal punishment as a deterrent for the commission of this crime and, if not, whether the right hon. and gallant Gentleman would consider the advisability of abolishing flogging altogether, it being desirable to relieve the Army from the stigma of being the only Army in Europe? [" Order! "]


pointed out that the Question was of a controversial character, involving matter of argument, and could not, therefore, be put.


said, that as there were only a few words more, he might be permitted to finish his Question. ["Order!" "No, no!"] The hon. and gallant Member gave Notice that he would put the Question, with such modifications as the Speaker, in his discretion, might point out.