HC Deb 21 April 1898 vol 56 cc658-9
MR. H. BROADHURST (Leicester)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether in the case of the relieving officers who are also vaccination officers he intends that they should act in vaccination cases without the authority of the Poor Law Guardians, or even against their authority; and, if so, whether legislation will be necessary to provide this new power, and, if not, under what Act the power is given?


I contemplate that relieving officers who are vaccination officers should be in the same position in this matter as any other vaccination officer, and that vaccination officers should undertake prosecutions independently of any directions from the guardians themselves. No new legislation will be required. The vaccination officer will exercise these powers under the Vaccination Acts of 1867 and 1871, and under regulations issued by the Local Government Board under the provisions of the Act of 1874.