HC Deb 11 May 1899 vol 71 cc338-9
MR. BROADHURST (Leicester)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board, whether, in view of his statement that non-delivery of a certificate of exemption under Section 2 of The Vaccination Act, 1898, to the vaccination officer within seven days after it has been granted renders the certificate null and void, he can now state to whom such certificate should be delivered during any period in which, through death, resignation, or non-appointment, there is no vaccination officer for the union; and, whether, as in ease of the death or removal of the vaccination officer, or of errors in or the destruction of his registers, there may he a difficulty in proving the registration of certificates in subsequent proceedings, he can arrange for the issue of a certificate of the delivery and registration which may be available as evidence of the granting of a certificate of exemption and its delivery and registration within the prescribed period.


In the event of a vacancy in the office of vaccination officer which cannot be filled up forthwith, the Guardians are required to appoint a person to act temporarily, and it would seem that the certificates of conscientious objection should be delivered to the person so appointed. I am not aware that any difficulty of the kind referred to in the second paragraph has arisen, and it does not appear to me to be necessary to make any arrangements, at all events, at present, with regard to it.