HC Deb 18 July 1946 vol 425 c1360
9. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of Education whether she will abolish all forms of corporal punishment in all schools under her jurisdiction for both boys and girls.

Miss Wilkinson

The question of corporal punishment is generally left to the discretion of school authorities. I believe this discretion to be wisely exercised and, apart from what is said in the "Handbook of Suggestions for Teachers," I see no cause for general directions on the point. There has been a welcome decrease in the infliction of corporal punishment as a means of maintaining discipline in schools, and I am confident that this will continue.

Mr. Freeman

Does not my right hon. Friend consider it is an anachronism that children are kept disciplined as a result of force and fear, and does she not consider it should be abolished?

Miss Wilkinson

I think my hon. Friend has not kept in touch with the conditions of discipline, and of the changed conception of discipline which has taken place.

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