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Politicians argue over smacking debate

Politicians on both sides of the debate about whether to impose a ban on smacking children outlined their views on BBC Radio Wales's Good Morning Wales programme with Oliver Hides.

Byron Davies, Conservative AM for South Wales West, said the "moderate correction of a child is quite reasonable".

Christine Chapman, Labour AM for the Cynon Valley, said there are better ways to discipline a child and that the issue was more about protecting children and "not criminalising parents".

The idea of a ban on smacking children will be investigated by a special committee of Welsh assembly members.

Welsh ministers have ruled out removing the "reasonable punishment" defence for those accused of hitting children before the 2016 assembly election.

Ministers said the committee, backed by AMs in a vote on Tuesday evening, would "help encourage public debate".

  • 26 Nov 2014