HC Deb 14 March 1881 vol 259 c910

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether the medical officers of Her Majesty's Prisons are required by the regulations to vaccinate all children born in the prisons before they are allowed to go out; and, if so, whether such regulations are strictly enforced, especially in the case of the female prison at Westminster?


Sir, there is no absolute rule on the subject, nor could there be. It is uncertain at what age a child may be at the time it is discharged. As a general rule, a child is vaccinated in prison when it is old enough, and the mother makes no objection. The answer I have received to a question is, that all the children born in Westminster Prison are vaccinated if they are old enough and not too delicate.