§ 10. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of cases of corporal punishment in remand homes and approved schools during the past six months, compared with the previous six months.
§ Mr. Ede
During the six months ended 3ist March last, corporal punishment was administered on 354 occasions in remand homes and, apart from cases in which it was given for minor offences in the schoolroom, on 2,115 occasions in approved schools. During the preceding six months, the comparable figures were 424 and 2,024.
§ Mr. Sorensen
Surely, that still indicates that the number of punishments of this kind is far too high—[Horn. MEMBERS: "No."] That is the opinion on this side of the House, at least. Could my right hon. Friend take some action to see that these kinds of punishment are minimised?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore
if this punishment has proved so necessary to those best qualified to judge, surely this is not the time to remove it from our legal system?
§ Mr. Emrys Hughes
Does not the Home Secretary agree that the same enlightened argument that he used in Committee on the Criminal Justice Bill about corporal punishment for criminals, applies equally to adolescents; and when he sets up this committee, as he has promised, on punishments in gaols, will he consider giving the committee power to inquire into the punishments mentioned in the Question?
§ Mr. Speaker
This Question asks only the number of cases. Any comment may be a reflection on magistrates, and is out of Order.