HC Deb 26 October 1908 vol 194 cc1586-7
MR. LEHMANN (Leicestershire, Market Harborough)

To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that Mr. B. Cornwall, of London Farm, Isleham, Cambridgeshire, whose child was born on the 5th June, 1907, attended the Newmarket Court on the 1st October, 1907, to obtain exemption from vaccination, but found that, as the day had been set apart for Suffolk cases, his application could not be taken; that Mr. Cornwall had therefore to wait until the following week, the delay causing his application to be made three days beyond the limit of four months; whether Mr. Cornwall is now being pressed to have his child vaccinated; and whether, under the special circumstances of the case, he will instruct the vaccination officer not to prosecute Mr. Cornwall.

(Answered by Mr. John Burns.) The circumstances in which the parent found himself unable to make a statutory declaration before a magistrate within the prescribed time appear to be as stated. I understand that the parents are further considering the question of the vaccination of the child, and that probably now they will have the child vaccinated.