§ MR. CORRIE GRANT (Warwickshire, Rugby)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that Edward Robinson, a blacksmith, of Warmington (Warwickshire), applied four times (on January 25th, February 8th, February 22nd, and March 29th, 1905) for a vaccination exemption certificate to the Kineton bench of magistrates for his child born on December 4th, 1904, and on each occasion was refused; and whether, in view of the frequency of such cases before certain magistrates, he will bring in a Bill substituting a statutory declaration by the applicant to be filed by him at the time of the registration of the birth for a certificate of exemption.
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. GERALD BALFOUR, Leeds, Central)
My right hon. friend has asked me to reply to this Question. I have no information as to the case to which the hon. Member refers. I may point out that proposals of the kind which he suggests were fully discussed when the Bill for the Vaccination Act, 1898, was before the House and that they were rejected. I am not prepared to introduce legislation dealing with the matter.