HC Deb 01 March 1956 vol 549 c1342
13. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent corporal punishment has increased or decreased in remand homes and approved schools in England and Wales during the last available twelve months' record.

Major Lloyd-George

The number of occasions on which corporal punishment was administered in remand homes and approved schools in 1955 was about 7 per cent. less than in 1954.

Mr. Sorensen

May I ask the right hon. and gallant Gentleman if he himself has given any attention to the question of corporal punishment in these institutions; and when last was any consideration paid to the larger question of the punishment of those in remand homes and approved schools?

Major Lloyd-George

The Franklin Committee reported in 1951 and it considered, both in approved schools and in remand homes, that the existing powers to give corporal punishment were necessary, and that the safeguards against the excessive use of this form of punishment were generally satisfactory.