HC Deb 30 March 1950 vol 473 cc60-1W
72. Mr. Kaberry

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of offences by prisoners in prisons in England and Wales during the years ended 31st December, 1948 and 1949. in respect whereof punishment of flogging was awarded and administered.

Mr. Ede

There were 14 such cases in 1948 and 9 in 1949.

75. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many letters he has received from organisations and individuals, respectively, requesting him to re-introduce flogging.

Mr. Ede

For what the information is worth, a rough check shows that since January, 1949, there have been 262 such letters from individuals and 19 from organisations or associations.

85. Mr. Bevins

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the numbers of men who were, respectively sentenced to flogging and terms of imprisonment for offences against the person during the three years prior to the abolition of flogging; and also the respective numbers in the two categories who have subsequently been sentenced for offences against the person.

Mr. Ede

The offences for which corporal punishment was most frequently awarded by the courts up to 13th September, 1948 (when corporal punishment was abolished) were offences under Section 23 (1) of the Larceny Act, 1916, that is, in the main, armed robbery and robbery with violence. During the three years ended 31st December, 1948, 838 males were sentenced to penal servitude, imprisonment or Borstal detention on conviction of offences under all the subsections of Section 23 of this Act, and 103 of those convicted under Subsection (1) were ordered to be whipped. As regards the second part of the Question, I have already put in hand arrangements to obtain more recent information than that given in the Report of the Departmental Committee on Corporal Punishment as to the subsequent careers of those convicted under Section 23 (1) of the Act of 1916 but it will take some time before this inquiry can be completed.