Responding to the lodging of a bill to give children equal protection from assault, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:
''It is shameful that our law continues to permit what it describes in Victorian fashion as the 'justifiable assault' of children. Despite widespread criticism from the UN, charities, police officers and social workers, Scotland remains one of the last countries in the EU that has not yet committed to abolishing this defence.
"Scottish Liberal Democrats have repeatedly pressed SNP Ministers to act but without success. I hope they will now use this opportunity to finally update our laws and give children in Scotland equal protection from assault.”