HC Deb 28 April 1915 vol 71 c723

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether it is proposed to introduce legislation into the Central Provinces for the enforcement of vaccination; and, if so, whether a conscience clause will be introduced into the Vaccination Act as in the case of the English and Scotch Vaccination Acts of 1907?


Compulsory vaccination is already enforceable in municipalities at the request of the Municipal Commissioners and cantonments in the Central Provinces under an Act of 1880. An amending Bill is now proposed extending the power of enforcing compulsory vaccination to certain quasi-municipal areas. It is specified both in the Act and the amending Bill that it is open to any inhabitant of the area to object to the extension, but in neither case is there a conscience clause.