HC Deb 25 July 1938 vol 338 c2734W
Mr. Ridley

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether his attention has been drawn to a recommendation of the education committee of the Liverpool City Council to authorise corporal punishment for mentally defective children under the control of the education committee; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?

Mr. Lindsay

The Board have received no communication from the Liverpool local education authority on this subject, but I have seen Press reports of the recommendation in question. The Board's view is that the use of corporal punishment in a special school for mentally defective children is to be deprecated and should be resorted to only in exceptional circumstances.