§ MR. J. D. WHITE (Dumbartonshire)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether it is intended that any, and, if so, what, fees shall be chargeable by commissioners of oaths and other officers in respect of declarations made under the recently introduced measure dealing with vaccination; and whether he will consider the desirability of inserting in the Bill an express provision with regard to this.
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. JOHN BURNS,) Battersea
The provisions of the existing law with regard to fees in respect of statutory declarations will apply to declarations for the purposes of the Bill. Where a statutory declaration is made before a commissioner for oaths the fee is 1s. 6d. As regards fees payable when a declaration is made before a justice or magistrate, the charge in the Metropolitan Police Courts is 1s., whilst 69 elsewhere it depends on the Table of Justices' Clerks' Fees in force whether any, and, if so, what, fee is payable. In the Model Table of Fees issued by the Secretary of State the suggested fee for a declaration is 1s. I may add that a fee of 1s. 6d. or 2s. is payable now in most cases where a certificate of conscientious objection is obtained under Section 2 of the Vaccination Act, 1898.