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So although Pope Francis says smacking children is acceptable if their dignity is maintained, the Scottish government says his member's bill will become law.
However, Mr Craig remarked the figures did not necessarily mean that most parents were smacking their children and ignoring the law.
Parents need to be more confident in using other effective ways to discipline their children--set boundaries and assert their authority in other ways, rather than smacking.
Although more and more experts are decrying using smacking as a discipline technique, based on the premise that smacking can have detrimental psychological - as well as physical - effects, there are still mixed opinions on the practice.
And the majority said they didn't want smacking to be made illegal.
There seems little doubt that confusion over the law on smacking and the consequent breakdown of parental authority led directly to the sort of foul behaviour we witnessed as young yobs looted stores and torched properties with reckless abandon.
Of course there will always be those who, sadly, inflict serious hurt on little ones but they aren't parents, they're abusers and a smacking ban won't stop them.
Mr Lammy, who admitted to smacking his three and five-year-old sons, said working-class parents should be able to physically discipline their children to prevent them from joining gangs and getting involved in knife crime.
We already have laws to prevent the abuse of children, laws which are not used often enough in my opinion, but my fear of mission-creep if there is a total ban on smacking, is very real.
CARTOONIST Ken Wilkins was inspired by a story on the issue of smacking children in city stores.
The bill, which is still being drafted, will be written broadly to prohibit ``any striking of a child, any corporal punishment, smacking, hitting, punching, any of that,'' she said.
Each time, the experimenter started with a plain face followed by a series of displays that included sticking out the tongue, opening the mouth, smacking the lips, opening a hand, and spinning a face-sized colored disk.