Birching Youths.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 10th July 1922.

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Photo of Mr Morgan Jones Mr Morgan Jones , Caerphilly


asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether corporal punishment by means of a birch which has been pickled in brine and hardened to the consistency of wire is still inflicted on ratings under 18 years of age; and whether, if this be so, he will consider the advisability of reverting to the pre-War rule of prohibiting this form of punishment?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery Lieut-Colonel Leo Amery , Birmingham Sparkbrook

I would refer the hon. Member to the very full reply given on this subject to the hon. Member for Ealing on the 26th June. The punishment can be inflicted only by sentence of court-martial for unnatural crime, and is used extremely seldom. The Admiralty consider that the present very restricted practice is salutary.

Photo of Mr Morgan Jones Mr Morgan Jones , Caerphilly

Does the right hon. Gentleman not recognise that such a punishment is so vicious that it ought not to be inflicted at all?