HC Deb 03 August 1898 vol 15 cc1192-3
MR. J. WILSON (Durham)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that at Bear Park Colliery, Durham, where part of the family of a workman were suffering from an attack of smallpox, the father and sons were prevented from attending their employment; and whether, under such circumstances, seeing the prevention was for the public good, the family have a claim for compensation?


The Public Health Acts do not authorise the payment by Sanitary Authorities of compensation in a case where, in consequence of an outbreak of small-pox in the household, a person cannot follow his ordinary occupation without danger of communicating the disease to others.