§ Dr. Lynne Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what conclusion he has reached since 29 March 1994 as to corporal punishment of children by child minders; and what assessment he has made of the need for further clarification of his Department's guidance on behaviour and sanctions by child minders, if minded children misbehave, is required; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Burns
Physical punishment is a matter for parents and for negotiation between them and their child minders. Government guidelines on the use of physical punishment by child minders are set out in a circular to local authorities "The Children Act 1989: Registration of Childminders", which was issued in December 1994. Copies will he placed in the Library.