HC Deb 20 March 1902 vol 105 c547
MR. ROUND (Essex, Harwich)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board if his attention has been called to the danger of infection in schools from children who have not been vaccinated; and if he will take steps, if necessary by legislation, to empower school authorities to exclude such children from attendance at school.


I am aware of the danger referred to where smallpox is prevalent, but it mainly affects children who are not protected by vaccination. I may, however, point out that tinder Article 88 of the Code of Regulations made by the Board of Education, the managers of any public elementary school must comply with a notice of the sanitary authority of the district, or of two members acting on the advice of the Medical Officer of Health, requiring them for a specified time, with a view to preventing the spread of disease, to exclude any scholars from attendance. There is a right of appeal to the Board of Education if the notice is considered unreasonable. I understand that in one case unvaccinated children have been excluded under the Article.