HC Deb 07 December 1944 vol 406 cc759-60W
Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will appoint a small committee to consider the immediate difficulties of remand homes and approved schools and their future provision, nature and supervision; and, in view of the agreement among informed social workers that corporal punishment is not a reclamatory discipline among juvenile delinquents, whether particular attention will be given by that committee to this question and the present power of inflicting excessive corporal punishment.

Mr. H. Morrison

As regards the first part of the Question, I would refer to the answer which I am giving to a Question to-day by my hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Mr. Keeling). As regards the second part, the question of corporal punishment was considered by a Departmental Committee which reported in 1938 and recommended that birching as a Court punishment should be abolished but considered that corporal punishment by a schoolmaster, if used with proper discretion, could be a suitable method of enforcing discipline in a school. Corporal punishment in remand homes and approved schools is strictly regulated, and I have no reason to believe that it is improperly administered.