HC Deb 01 March 1938 vol 332 cc907-8
40. Mr. Leach

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has now reached a decision regarding the relaxation of the regulations which require the vaccination of entrants to the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich?

The Secretary of State for War (Mr. Hore-Belisha)

Yes, Sir. Instructions will be issued that, except in the event of a small-pox epidemic, persons under 21 years of age are not, in future, to be required to be vaccinated or re-vaccinated before entering civilian employment at the Royal Arsenal or other War Department establishments in this country. Similarly, in the case of boys enlisting in the Army or entering Army schools, vaccination or re-vaccination will not be required on enlistment or entry.

Mr. Leach

While thanking the Minister most warmly for that excellent answer, may I put to him the question whether he is prepared to make any compassionate allowance to the bereaved family of the young fellow who lost his life in seeking to enter Woolwich?

Mr. Speaker

That is another question.

Mr. Leach

I think the Minister was prepared to answer it, Sir.