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Corporal Punishment

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 14 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what facilities he is making available for two members of the Euro- pean Commission of Human Rights to take part in a private hearing in Edinburgh on corporal punishment in Scottish schools.

In accordance with Article 33 of the European convention of human rights and fundamental freedoms, the Commission meets in camera. The Commission has accordingly requested that no public disclosure of the arrangements for the meeting in Edinburgh should be made.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on his discussions on the use of corporal punishment in schools in Scotland with representatives of Convention of the Scottish Local Authorities and the teaching profession organisations in Scotland.

I have had no such discussions, but officials from my Department are members of the working group on corporal punishment established by the convention.