HC Deb 09 March 1910 vol 14 c1457

asked the President of the Board of Education if sixty-three public vaccinators had been appointed as medical inspectors for elementary schools under the Education (Administrative Provisions) Act by local education authorities; whether the Board of Trade agreed that these two offices should be held by the same person; and whether any communication to that effect had been made to local education authorities?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. Runciman)

The answer to the first part of the question is, so far as the information of the Board goes, in the affirmative. I think that in the second part of the question my hon. Friend intended to refer, not to the Board of Trade, but to the Local Government Board, who prescribe the qualifications of public vaccinators, and this part of the question should be addressed to the President of that Board. With reference to the third part of the question, it is the practice of the Board, when they find a reference to vaccination in the schedule of medical inspection adopted by a local education authority, to remind the authority that care must be exercised on this point, and that the information obtained by medical inspection should, in no case, be used as the basis for action under the Vaccination Acts. I may add that the Board of Education are not in a position to require of local education authorities that members of their medical staffs should refrain from holding other public appointments.


Is there any saving in salaries effected by the combination of the two offices of medical inspector and public vaccinator?


I have no official information, but I should think it is quite possible.