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Corporal Punishment

Volume 481: debated on Wednesday 22 November 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies in which Colonies and Protectorates corporal punishment is still being inflicted as a legal punishment for any offences other than for violent attacks on prison officers.

Corporal punishment may still be inflicted by the courts in all but a few Colonial territories. The legal position remains as set out in the detailed reply to my hon. Friend's Question of 19th April; but I have addressed Colonial Governors with a view to securing in all territories the complete abolition of such punishment, as a sanction imposed by the courts, as rapidly as we possibly can.