HC Deb 24 June 1943 vol 390 cc1289-90
27. Viscount Hinchingbrooke

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the National Anti-Vaccination League is circulating literature to expectant and nursing mothers, advocating a course of action with regard to vaccination and diphtheria immunisation contrary to the declared policy of his department; and whether he has any statement to make?

Mr. E. Brown

Yes, Sir. I am of opinion that they are best countered by effective and positive action. The Ministry and local authorities are therefore continuing propaganda to advise parents to have their children protected by methods supported by the best medical opinion.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke

Does my right hon. Friend consider that it is right and proper for women in this condition to be subjected to a barrage of conflicting views?

Mr. Brown

I think that on the whole the conflicting views have helped to bring the truth home to them.

Professor A. V. Hill

Can my right hon. Friend say whether the National Anti-Vaccination League is regarded as a charity organisation and excused the payment of Income Tax?

Mr. Brown

That, of course, is not my responsibility.

Professor Hill

Will my right hon. Friend ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is regarded as a charity?

Mr. Brown

Perhaps my hon. Friend will do that.

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