HC Deb 04 December 1906 vol 166 cc757-8
MR. MADDISON (Burnley)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to the remarks of the magistrates at the Burnley Police Court concerning the conduct of the vaccination officer of that union, in which, amongst other things, it was stated that he had instituted prosecutions four, six, eight,: and even eleven years after the birth of the children in question; whether he is aware that in one case a summons was taken out two and a half years after a child's death; and whether he will take steps to give the board of guardians control over this vaccination officer, so that the present unsatisfactory state of affairs may be ended.


I have seen a newspaper report of the proceedings before the justices. I understand that they have not been finished, as some of the cases, including the one specially referred to in the Question, were adjourned. I am not empowered to take action of the kind suggested by my hon. friend.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that during the last three years no less than £250 has been expended by the working classes here in fines and costs.


I believe that statement is correct. I am looking into that matter.