HC Deb 09 February 1938 vol 331 c1058W
Mr. Kirkwood

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has considered the resolution from Dumbarton urging the Government to abolish birching as a punishment for juvenile offenders; and when the Government intend to introduce legislation to prohibit this method of dealing with youthful delinquents?

Mr. Elliot

I have received a number of representations against the birching of juvenile offenders, one of which came from the Dumbarton Branch of the Scottish Co-operative Women's Guild. Pending consideration of the forthcoming report of the Departmental Committee on Corporal Punishment I am not in a position to make any statement regarding legislation.