HC Deb 26 August 1889 vol 340 cc561-2

As amended, considered.

MR. M'LAREN (Cheshire, Crewe)

I have given notice of Amendments to the Bill, and though I object to the Bill both in detail and general principle, I do not intend to move these Amendments now. I am under promise not to do so. But my objection is not mitigated, and I protest against the Bill being passed through Committee at a time when those particularly interested in the measure are absent.

MR. HALLEY STEWART (Lincolnshire, Spalding)

I do not think I shall be justified in taking up much time in moving the Amendment which I have put upon the Paper, but it is an Amendment that is regarded as vital to the Bill, and I will only say that a medical man, a Member of this House, told me that if a clause of this kind is not inserted, the effect of the Bill will be to ruin a great many medical practitioners in London. I discharge my duty in proposing the Amendment, and I must leave the responsibility of rejecting it to the House and the Government.

Amendment proposed, in page 2, line 3, to leave out from the word "applies" to end of line 10, and insert the words— Give a certificate to the head of the family or other person who appears to him to he primarily liable to give notice under the Act, stating the name of the patient if known to the medical officer, and if not, such description as may appear to him adequate, and the infectious disease from which, in the opinion of such medical practitioner, the patient is suffering."—(Mr. Halley Stewart.) —instead thereof.

Question, "That the words proposed to be left outstandpartof the Bill," put, and agreed to.

Bill read the third time and passed.