§ *MR. THOMASSON (Leicester)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty whether he is aware that William J. Woodcock was employed in the boiler department of His Majesty's dockyard at Portsmouth from 18th January to 31st December 1906; that on the latter date he had to present himself for medical examination, and was informed that he would have to be vaccinated; that he objected to be vaccinated and was discharged in consequence of such objection; and whether, in view of the objects of The Vaccination Act, 1898, he proposes to take any action in the matter.
§ THE SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Mr. Edmund Robertson, Dundee)
Woodcock was employed temporarily at Portsmouth dockyard from the 17th to the 31st December last. On the 31st he was ordered to be medically examined with a view to more permanent employment, but as he declined to be re-vaccinated as required by Article 289 of the Home Dockyard Regulations, the dockyard officers had no alternative but to order his discharge.