HC Deb 05 November 1996 vol 284 c501W
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. [1954]

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.