HC Deb 17 June 1880 vol 253 cc187-8

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether he is correctly reported to have stated, with reference to the question of flogging in the Navy, that the Board of Admiralty fully and cordially approve the course Lord North-brook intends to take; and, if so, whether the House is to understand that Lord Northbrook's professional advisers have unreservedly expressed their opinion that the time has arrived when the punishment of flogging can be entirely abolished in the Navy?


Sir, the passage which the hon. and gallant Member (Captain Price) has quoted correctly reports what I said upon that occasion. The terms in which I announced the intention of Lord North-brook to introduce a Bill next year which will remove flogging from the authorized punishments of the Navy, and which will at the same time increase other punishments for some of the graver offences, were fully concurred in by the naval Colleagues of Lord Northbrook, and were verbatim the conclusions arrived at after discussion by Lord Northbrook and his Colleagues.