HC Deb 25 July 1904 vol 138 cc1026-7

To ask the Secretary for Scotland if he will state by whose authority prisoners in Glasgow Prison have recently been vaccinated; and whether they were given the option of refusing to undergo the operation.

(Answered by Mr. A. Graham Murray.) When epidemics of smallpox have broken out in Glasgow, Dr. Chalmers, the medical officer of health, has suggested that prisoners should be vaccinated or revaccinated, and the Prison Commissioners have approved of this being done provided always that the prisoner did not object, and that the prison medical officer considered it necessary. No prisoner is required to be vaccinated or revaccinated without his consent.