§ MR. BOTTOMLEY (Hackney, S.)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether coolies under indenture in British Guiana are flogged at the triangle with the cat-o'-nine-tails for plantain stealing; whether there are any instances of death having followed as a consequence; and, if so, whether His Majesty's Government will take steps to amend the Ordinance under which immigrants are flogged for predial larceny.
§ MR. RUNCIMAN
The Earl of Elgin's Answer is: Indentured immigrants are subject to the same laws as other inhabitants of British Guiana in regard to the offence in question. Whipping or flogging may be inflicted on conviction before a court of law for predial larceny, if committed with aggravating circumstances or in proclaimed districts. The Secretary of State is not aware of any death resulting from flogging in the colony.