HL Deb 12 May 1896 vol 40 cc1110-1

(1.) The local authority of any district may, from time to time, by a resolution passed at a meeting of that authority of which such special notice has been given as in this section mentioned, order that any infectious disease other than a disease specifically mentioned in the preceding section shall be deemed to be an infectious disease within the meaning of that section.

(2.) Fourteen clear days at least before such meeting special notice of the meeting, and of the intention to propose the making of such order, shall be given to every member of the local authority, and the notice shall be deemed to have been duly given to a member if it is either:

  1. (a) given in the mode in which notices to attend meetings of the local authority are usually given, or
  2. (b) where there is no such mode, then signed by the clerk of the local authority and delivered to the member or left at his usual or last-known place of abode in Scotland, or forwarded by post in a prepaid letter addressed to the member at his usual or last known place of abode in Scotland.

(3.) Any such order may be permanent or temporary, and, if temporary, the period during which it is to continue in force shall he specified therein, and any such order may be revoked or varied by the local authority which made the same.

(4.) An order under this section and the revocation and variation of any such order shall not be of any validity until approved by the Board.

(5.) When it is so approved, the local authority shall give public notice thereof by advertisement in a local newspaper or by hand-bills, or otherwise in such manner as the local authority think sufficient for giving information to all persons interested. They shall also send a copy thereof to each registered medical practitioner whom, after due inquiry, they ascertain to be residing or practising in their district.

(6.) The said order shall come into operation at such date not earlier than one week after the publication of the first advertisement of the approved order as the local authority may fix, and upon such order coming into operation, and during the continuance thereof, an infectious disease mentioned in such order shall, within the district of the authority, be an infectious disease to which this part of this Act applies.

(7.) In the case of emergency three clear days notice under this section shall be sufficient, and the resolution shall declare the cause of such emergency and shall be for a temporary order, and a copy thereof shall be forthwith sent to the Board and advertised, and the order shall come into operation at the expiration of one week from the date of such advertisement, but unless approved by the Board shall cease to be in force at the expiration of one month after it is passed, or any earlier date fixed by the Board.

(8.) The approval of the Board shall he conclusive evidence that the case was one of emergency.

*LORD BALFOUR moved to insert following new sub-section at the end of the clause— (9.) This section shall have effect from and after the passing of this Act. It was, he explained, a machinery clause, designed to bring into immediate operation part of the Infectious Diseases Notification Act.

Amendment agreed to; clause, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 53,—