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S5W-07718: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 3 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the Minister for Childcare and Early Years on 2 March 2017 (Official Report, c. 46), in light of the minister's comment that "new legislation will be brought before this session of Parliament introducing a new definition and criminal offence of abuse and neglect of children", whether the minister will reconsider his response to question S5W-03999 in which said that the Scottish Government has “no plans to bring forward legislation to repeal existing legal defences for parents in relation to physical punishment”.

Answered by: Mark McDonald 16 March 2017

I refer the member to the answer to question S5W-007710 on 16 March 2017. All answers to written Parliamentary Questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at