HC Deb 11 July 1879 vol 248 c163

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether it has escaped his observation that, under the arrangements contained in a Paper issued on the 9th of July, headed "Memorandum explanatory of Schedule relating to Corporal Punishment," flogging cannot henceforth be inflicted for the crime of drunkenness on duty under arms in presence of an enemy, a crime which has been found to be the fruitful source of almost all other military offences; whether it is his intention to retain the use of corporal punishment as a deterrent to the commission of this crime; and, if that is not his intention, whether he will now consider the advisability of abolishing flogging altogether as a punishment for British soldiers in the field?


in reply, said, the subject had not escaped his notice. The views of the Government upon it had already been expressed by him, and they would be carried out by Amendments which were now standing on the Paper.