§ MR. F. A. CHANNING (Northampton, E.)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board, whether he is aware that Mr. H. Hancock, of Oundle, has, between 23rd August 1894 and 9th January 1896, been prosecuted and fined five times for non-compliance with the Vaccination Acts, in respect of one child, the total fines and costs amounting to 50s., and twice for another child, the fines amounting to 34s. 6d.; and that Mr. E. Bradshaw has been prosecuted four times between 13th June 1895 and 5th March 1896, in respect of the same child, and has had to pay 64s. in fines and costs; and, whether, having regard to the recommendation of the Interim Report of the Vaccination Commission as to repeated prosecutions, and to the previous practice of the Local Government Board, he will direct a copy of the Evesham letter to be sent to the Guardians with the intimation that repeated prosecutions in respect of the same child should not be insisted on?
§ MR. CHAPLIN
I have made inquiry of the Guardians of the Oundle Union, and I find that the statements as to the number of proceedings instituted in the cases referred to and the amount of penalties and costs are substantially correct. I have no authority to give such instructions as are suggested, but I have directed that a copy of the Evesham letter shall be sent to the Guardians.