HC Deb 27 March 1950 vol 473 cc15-6W
110. Mr. Thurtle

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the Government's decision that flogging is no remedy for crimes of violence, he is contemplating introducing legislation to amend the existing law which permits flogging to be a punishment for crimes of violence in prison against prison officers.

Mr. Ede

Parliament, when passing the Criminal Justice Bill, accepted the views of the Departmental Committee on Corporal Punishment that there were good reasons for retaining corporal punishment as an ultimate sanction for serious offences against discipline in prisons, notwithstanding their recommendation that the use of corporal punishment as a court penalty should be abandoned. No new circumstances have arisen to justify His Majesty's Government in re-opening the decision then taken.