HC Deb 26 March 1964 vol 692 cc144-5W
36. Sir C. Osborne

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in view of Her Majesty's Government's decision not to reintroduce flogging as a punishment for crimes of violence and the fact that these crimes are increasing in number and in gravity, what other steps he proposed to take to protect the public, especially those in charge of wages and other large sums of money: and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Brooke

As I have made clear in reply to previous Questions, there is no evidence that flogging is a particularly effective deterrent to crimes of violence. The police take all possible steps, within the limits of their resources, to prevent this type of crime. The Police Research and Planning Branch in the Home Office is engaged on a special study of some of the problems of safeguarding cash in transit.