§ Baroness David
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will use the earliest legislative opportunity to ensure the protection against corporal punishment provided for all school pupils in England and Wales under Section 131 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 is extended to all pupils in Scotland and Northern Ireland. [HL197]
§ The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (Lord Sewel)
The Government consider that children in independent schools in Scotland and Northern Ireland should benefit from the same protection against corporal punishment as in England and Wales. It will, however, fall to the Scottish154WA Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly to consider appropriate legislation to ensure this.