HC Deb 25 April 1939 vol 346 cc967-8
67. Squadron-Leader Hulbert

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that vaccination has had fatal results in cases in which adolescents have been vaccinated for the first time to qualify for employment with an undertaking which, in the interests of public health, requires its employ's to have been vaccinated; and whether, having regard to the terms of the last paragraph of the circular issued by the Ministry on 19th August, 1929, he will introduce fresh legislation upon the matter?

Mr. Bernays

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. My Department have drawn attention to the undesirability of primary vaccination during school age or adolescence both in annual reports and in the circular referred to. My right hon. Friend is considering giving further guidance in the matter, but it is difficult to see how legislation would help. I should be glad to discuss the matter further with my hon. Friend if he has any suggestions to make.