§ 30. Mr. FREEMAN
asked the President of the Board of Education whether his attention has been called to the case of Doreen Fowler, aged 11, of Pengam, South Wales, who was given corporal punishment recently by her teacher, who was summoned for assault and the case dismissed although he admitted having struck the child with a cane for hanging about after school hours; and whether he will consider the desirability of prohibiting the administration of corporal punishment by men teachers on young girls?
§ Mr. LEES-SMITH
I have this morning seen a short newspaper account of the case referred to by my hon. Friend. The administration of corporal punishment in the schools is a matter which has always been left to the discretion of the school authorities, and I am not satisfied that there is any occasion for me to intervene.