§ MR. RENDALL (Gloucestershire, Thornbury)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has asked for and obtained a report of the refusal by the Thornbury Bench of Magistrates to grant a certificate for exemption from vaccination to Mr. Alfred Williams on 18th July last; and whether he will furnish a copy of such report; and what further action he proposes to take.
§ *MR. GLADSTONE
I communicated with the Justices in August last, and was informed that a certificate of exemption was refused because the Justices were not satisfied that the applicant conscientiously believed that vaccination would be prejudicial to the health of his child. In these circumstances I regret that I have no power to take any further action. It would be contrary to practice to give a copy of a letter from magistrates to the Secretary of State.