§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what advice his Department issues to local authorities concerning the caning of children in schools; and whether he will issue instructions to local authorities forbidding the caning of epileptic children.
§ Dr. Boyson
My Department does not issue advice about caning. Matters of discipline in schools are the responsibility of local education authorities and head-teachers, who are in the best position to judge the situation in each school and in each individual case.