HC Deb 19 November 1908 vol 196 c1427
MR. LUPTON (Lincolnshire, Sleaford)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if the Local Government Board have ordered the prosecution of 238 vaccination defaulters in the Poor Law Union of Enniscorthy; and if, considering the increase of cancer in Ireland since the adoption of the present system of vaccination with calf lymph, he will instruct the Local Government Board not to press for the vaccination of those who object to the process.


The number of vaccination defaulters in the Enniscorthy Union is correctly stated in the Question, and the local Government Board have called the attention of the guardians to the matter, with a view to legal proceedings being instituted against such of the defaulters as have been previously notified and have failed to comply with the law. There is no power to grant exemptions in Ireland from compliance with the vaccination law. My right hon. friend the Chief Secretary has already stated more than once in reply to the hon. Member that nothing, so far as the Local Government Board are aware, has been advanced to show that there is any connection whatever between calf lymph vaccination and cancer.


Is there not an intimate relationship between cancer and vaccination as shown in the Report of one of the medical officers of the Local Government Board?


I have no information.