HL Deb 29 July 1879 vol 248 c1522

moved— That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty for Return of the number of persons in Her Majesty's Naval and Military forces who have been punished by flogging during the five years ending the 31st of December, 1878; the Return to state the number of lashes in each case and the crime for which the punishment was inflicted. His noble Friend believed that very erroneous impressions existed in the public mind on the subject of flogging in the Army and Navy, and that the production of such a Return as he now moved for would show that flogging was only seldom resorted to.


said, with regard to the Military Forces there was no objection to the Return. Of course, he could not speak for the Naval Forces; but he did not think there would be any objection to it in their case either. The Return would be a satisfactory one, because, as his noble Friend had surmised, it would show that flogging was very rarely resorted to—never, except on active service.

Motion amended, by substituting "ten" years for "five;" Motion, as amended, agreed to.

House adjourned at half past Five o'clock, to Thursday next, half past Ten o'clock.