Daily Mail 25 October 2007
Ministers ruled out a complete ban on smacking today after a Government review found the majority of parents opposed such a move. Children’s Minister Kevin Brennan said the law would stay as it is after officials reviewed the way new rules were working. Despite calls from many organisations for a ban, Mr Brennan said the evidence was that fewer parents now use smacking to discipline their children.
In a statement to MPs, he said: “Whilst many parents say they will not smack, a majority of parents say that smacking should not be banned outright. “The Government will retain the law in its current form, in the absence of evidence it is not working satisfactorily.”
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