HC Deb 08 December 1908 vol 198 cc239-40

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board if the inspectors of the Local Government Board are pressing for the prosecution of the parents of unvaccinated children who had not obtained exemptions before the passing of the 1907 Act; if he is aware that Dr. Farrar instructed Mr. W. W. Larkin, vaccinating officer for the Scarborough district, to prosecute poor people; and if he will instruct the in- spectors of the Local Government Board not to press vaccination officers to prosecute.


It is the statutory duty of a vaccination officer to enforce the Vaccination Acts, and where he fails to perform this duty, the inspectors would call his attention to the matter. I could not undertake to instruct the inspectors in the sense suggested in the Question; but I may say that in the particular case mentioned the inspector gave no instructions for the prosecution of poor people as such.


Have not Local Government Board inspectors been ordering vaccination officers at Halifax to prosecute poor people for non-vaccination?


Notice should be given of that Question.