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Corporal Punishment

Volume 531: debated on Wednesday 28 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, in view of the sentence of lengthy imprisonment, together with the imposition of up to 24 lashes, for persons found guilty of housebreaking and violence at Kampala on 13th July, if he will recommend to Colonial Governments and judiciaries the same restriction of flogging as a punishment as is now observed in this country.

The policy of Her Majesty's Government in encouraging the progressive reduction and ultimate abolition of corporal punishment in the Colonies is unchanged. My right hon. Friend has this matter very much in mind, but does not see any reason to make this particular case an occasion for a further general exhortation to Colonial Governments. In any event it would not be proper for him to make any recommendation to colonial judiciaries as to what penalties should be imposed within the law as it stands at any particular time.