HC Deb 21 February 1895 vol 30 c1277
SIR. D. H. MACFARLANE (Argyllshire)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his attention has been called to a public exhibition of hypnotism at the Aquarium, where men and women are kept in a state of suspended animation, which, in the opinion of the medical authorities, is attended with considerable risk to life; and whether he can take any steps to put an end to such exhibitions?


I have received a report from the Police on this subject which is to the effect that, according to their information, there is no evidence that the exhibitions in question are attended with risk to the persons who are the subjects of them; and, in the absence of evidence of such risk, it is not a case in which the police can interfere.