HC Deb 17 March 2004 vol 419 c307W
Mr. Swayne

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to eliminate punishment beatings. [120819]

Jane Kennedy

The Government condemn the practice of so called punishment beatings which are quite simply barbaric and brutalising paramilitary assaults. The Government are engaged in dialogue with political and community leaders and opinion formers to use their influence to bring the practice to an end.

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