HC Deb 25 May 1903 vol 122 cc1640-1
MR. MALCOLM (Suffolk, Stowmarket)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that the Ixworth bench of magistrates has refused exemption from vaccination certificates to residents in the village of Walsham-le-Willows, in the county of Suffolk; and that one person, whose objection to vaccination was stated to be conscientious, was sent upon Friday last to Ipswich Gaol; and, if so, will he say what steps he proposes to take in the matter.


I am informed by the Ixworth Justices that they have refused to grant certificates of exemption from vaccination to a few persons living at Walsham-le-Willows who failed to satisfy them that they conscientiously believed that vaccination would be prejudicial to the health of the child in question. I understand further that a person was committed by the justices to Ipswich Gaol on Friday the 15th instant for the reason that he failed to comply with an order of the Court for the vaccination of a child in respect of whom he had not applied for a certificate of exemption. There are no steps for the Secretary of State to take in the matter.