HC Deb 10 March 1881 vol 259 cc710-1

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether, considering how constantly epidemics of small-pox recur, the large number of deaths which are annually returned, the wide differences of opinion that exist among fully qualified medical men as to the limits of the protective power of vaccination, and with respect to the genesis, distribution, and limitations of contagion, he will take into his consideration the advisability of offering a series of substantial premiums, open to all the world, for obtaining concise, accurate, and fully tested information as to the origin, growth, and development of the disease; also such other practical knowledge as will tend to minimise its power of infection and indicate the means for its extinction; and, whether it may with propriety be assumed that, if any person can discover an absolute specific for the disease itself, a full pecuniary recognition would be awarded?


, in reply, said, he hoped the hon. Member would not think he was wanting in respect to him if he did not enter into the various points raised in the preamble to his Questions. In fact, he could not do so within the limits of a reply. He might, however, say that the Local Government Board had no funds at their disposal applicable to the purposes suggested by the hon. Member.