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Corporal Punishment

Volume 929: debated on Thursday 7 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will now establish a departmental committee to consider all aspects of the care, treatment and appropriate punishment of young offenders and to consider, in particular, whether or not to recommend the introduction of corporal punishment in appropriate cases;(2) if he will now establish a Royal Commission to consider all aspects of the care, treatment, and, in appropriate cases, punishment of young offenders and to consider in particular whether or not to recommend the introduction of corporal punishment in appropriate cases.

No. The Government keep the treatment of juvenile offenders under continuing review and are in regular consultation with the responsible organisations in the field. We do not contemplate the introduction of corporal punishment as a penalty available to the courts.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to allow the use of corporal punishment in appropriate cases on young offenders.