§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether he is aware that candidates for the public service are not allowed to take up appointments unless they have been vaccinated; and, seeing that this regulation penalises candidates who have a conscientious objection to vaccination, will he so amend the regulations as to make it competent for such persons to secure their appointments under a certificate of exemption granted under the Conscience Clause of The Vaccination Act, 1898.
§ THE PRIME MINISTER AND FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR, Manchester, E.)
I think the hon. Gentleman must be under some misapprehension. I never heard that any objection felt by candidates to being vaccinated themselves would constitute conscientious objection. The conscientious objection is to the vaccination of their children.