HC Deb 19 August 1881 vol 265 c362

asked the President of the Local Government Board, If he is aware that an exact translation of M. Pasteur's Paper on the vaccination of the Lower Animals was given in the "Times" of August 9; whether there is any precedent for printing a scientific paper at the public expense; and, whether he will re-consider as to so printing M. Pasteur's paper?


I am aware that an excellent translation of M. Pasteur's paper on the inoculation of the lower animals as delivered by him was given in The Times of August 9; but the Paper which I contemplated laying on the Table of the House is a copy of the Address which has had the advantage of being revised by M. Pasteur himself subsequently to its delivery. There are numerous precedents for printing scientific papers at the public expense, as may be seen by reference to the Reports of the Medical Officer of the Board and separate Returns; but the present Re-turn is not only scientific, but of a very important practical character to agriculturists and others, and one which would justify a precedent in itself.