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Bill-024 - Simon Thomas AM - Removal of the Defence of Lawful Chastisement (Wales) Bill

Pre-ballot Information

A Member must provide ‘pre-ballot information’ to set out the intended purpose of their proposed Bill before it is entered into the Presiding Officer's ballot. This information is set out below.

Policy Objectives of the Bill

1. End the availability of the defence of ‘lawful chastisement’ for an offence of assaulting a child.

Support received

2. It is expected that the Bill will receive support from children rights groups and other organisations. Previous legislative attempts in Westminster before the 2011 Welsh referendum have received widespread and cross party support.


3. No consultation at this stage

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