§ MR. LUPTON (Lincolnshire, Sleaford)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board if his attention has been called to the inquest held on May 14th in the Tooting Vestry Hall on the body of Blanche Mabel Reed, killed by vaccination, and to the statement of Dr. Samuel Edmund Bligh, of High. Street, Tooting, that the vaccination was abnormal, and now and then you get a case, and that the lymph he used was supplied from the National Vaccine Establishment; and if, considering the frequency of such cases leading to serious illness or death, he will stop the issue of matter from the National Vaccine Establishment until some harmless mixture has been discovered.
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. JOHN BURNS, Battersea)
I have seen a newspaper report of the inquest and have caused some inquiry to be made as to the matter. I do not understand that there was any evidence to show that the death was caused by vaccination. The post mortem examination proved that the child died from broncho-pneumonia. I also understand that Dr. Bligh, in the statements referred to in the Question, meant that he regarded the case as abnormal in so far as there was delay in the healing of the arm, and that now and then a case arises where there is delay of this kind owing to accidental causes. I am not aware that it is the fact that cases of serious illness or death frequently result from vaccination from the lymph supplied from the National Vaccine Establishment, and I could not take any such action as that suggested.