LONDON, November 17, 2003 ( – Britain is set to outlaw spanking of children by their parents through legislation to be presented in the Queen’s speech this week. The speech, which sets out the legislative agenda for the Labour Party, includes a Child Protection Bill which David Hinchliffe, chairman of the Commons Health Select Committee, hopes to amend to include removal of permission to use reasonable spanking as a form of discipline.  The media is fueling the move relating the measure to the recent death of a girl who was killed as the result of abuse by a relative.  The Observer reports that more than 80 MPs of all parties have signed a Commons motion backing the move.  See the coverage from the Observer:,6903,1086398,00.html


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