Child Protection

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:01 pm on 24th October 2007.

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Photo of Lord Morgan Lord Morgan Labour 6:01 pm, 24th October 2007

My Lords, I apologise for interrupting my noble friend. I am glad to hear that there will be an opportunity for questions, but I hope that there will be an opportunity for much more than that. Before we had the pleasure of welcoming my noble friend to the House, we had concerning and worrying debates on the chastisement of children. It emerged that this country lags far behind others in the observance of children's rights and the edicts of the United Nations, and that, in the definition taken by the children's commissioners, England lags behind Wales and Scotland. Many of us on these Benches who commonly support the Government faithfully and enthusiastically on every other policy felt that it was disturbing how many retreats had been conducted—particularly retreats into vague discussions about legal chastisement and reasonable punishment.