HC Deb 13 January 1916 vol 77 cc1777-8
39. Mr. P. WHITE

asked the President of the Local Government Board the number of children vaccinated in Great Britain in the years 1913, 1914, and 1915, respectively, and the number exempted on account of conscientious objections on the part of their parents; and whether any, and, if so, how many prosecutions were instituted against parents for non-compliance with the law during each of the years mentioned?


The number of successful vaccinations for which vaccination officers receive certificates at all ages in England and Wales was, in 1913, 430,470, and in 1914, 404,616, and the number of declarations of conscientious objection to vaccination in 1913, 308,235, and in 1914, 321,313. I cannot give the actual number of children vaccinated, nor the figures for 1915, which are not yet available. As to the figures for Scotland, a question should be addressed to my right hon. Friend the Secretary for Scotland. It appears from the Criminal Statistics for the year 1913 that 146 persons were proceeded against in that year for offences against the Vaccination Acts. The statistics for 1914 and 1915 have not yet been published.