Under current law, in what circumstances is a parent allowed to assault their child?
It should go without saying that when this Parliament seeks to pass legislation, it should adhere to some key principles. The legislation should be clear and uncomplicated; it should be based on fairness and maximising the common good; it should be acceptable to the public, who must see it as both useful and beneficial; and, as far as possible, it should be easily enforceable and not be open...
I will not, if Mr Cole-Hamilton does not mind. On the advice that we have been given by Police Scotland, the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration, I fully acknowledge that they state that there is no intention to criminalise parents—I understand that—but what we have in the bill will do exactly that, because of the way that it has been drafted....
Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 3 May 2007 — Election
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