§ MR. SUMMERS (Huddersfield)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that the humanised lymph distributed from the National Vaccine Establishment, which is derived from various public vaccinators throughout the country, has been found, on examination, to vary greatly in quality, and, in some cases, from 60 to 70 per cent. of the tubes have, upon microscopic examination by Mr. Farn, the official examiner of vaccine lymph, been rejected 832 as unfit for use; and whether, in view of these facts, he will advise that no lymph shall be used for public vaccination unless it has been first submitted to official microscopical examination?
§ * THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. RITCHIE,) Tower Hamlets, St. George's
As I very recently informed the hon. Member, in reply to a question by him, the only humanised lymph distributed by the National Vaccine Establishment which is not microscopically examined is that supplied on points, and this lymph is exclusively furnished to the Department by their own officers, who themselves have carefully taken the lymph. I see no reason to advise a change in the existing arrangements as to the lymph for public vaccinations.