HC Deb 17 August 1916 vol 85 cc2060-1

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether, in cases where exemption from vaccination is granted for a child to the mother in the absence of the father on service in the Army, the father remains liable to penalties on his return home; whether his attention has been called to cases in which vaccination officers have threatened soldiers' wives with such penalties against their husbands; and what steps he will take to deter the authorities from using this kind of pressure on the wives of absentee soldiers who desire to keep their children's blood untainted?


My Department has sent a circular letter to all vaccination officers impressing on them that it is their duty to accept, as valid, declarations made by the mother of a child in the father's absence from home on naval or military service. In the case to which the hon. Member has drawn my attention the notices were issued by a temporary vaccination officer, and I have directed that the form of notice shall be amended.