§ MR. LYULPH STANLEY (Cheshire, Eddisbury)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether 898 The particulars asked for are given, below:—
§ his attention has been called to the case of the Reverend H. Didcock, who was refused a certificate of exemption under The Vaccination Act, 1898, by the Northwich bench, on the ground that he was not resident within its petty sessional district; whether he is aware that the Reverend H. Didcock has subsequently been fined ten shillings by the Oakmere magistrates for failure to have his child, Dorothy Didcock, vaccinated; and whether he will issue a circular to the benches of magistrates explaining The Vaccination Act, 1898.
§ (Answered by Mr. Secretary Gladstone.) My attention has been called to this case. I am advised that justices may properly refuse to entertain an application for an exemption certificate made by a person who does not reside within their district. I have already circulated to every court of summary jurisdiction a copy of the remarks made by the Lord Chief Justice exlpaining the conditions under which exemptions should be granted, and I will furnish a copy of this circular to the hon. Member.