HC Deb 19 May 1911 vol 25 cc2363-4W

asked the President of the Local Government Board if he will state the names of the twenty-five boards of guardians who have declined to act upon the suggestion of the Local Government Board to award gratuities to their vaccination officers to meet the loss of income sustained by these officers in consequence of the Vaccination Act and Order, 1907, such gratuities to be based on the average income of these officers for the years 1903–7, and that where the deficiency was likely to be permanent the officers' fees should be increased, and the amount of the loss that each of these officers had sustained when they informed the Local Government Board that their boards of guardians had not taken any steps to make up the deficiency in their income in consequence of the Vaccination Act and Order, 19077?


The figure 25 which I gave in my answer to the hon. Member on 14th March referred to vaccination officers and not to boards of guardians. The names of the boards of guardians with whom I have communicated are as follows:—Blackbum, Bristol, Burton-on-Trent, Croydon, Dudley, Farnham, Gainsborough, Glanford Brigg, Grantham, Hailsham, Hammersmith, Kidderminster, Pontypridd, Reigate, Taunton, Tewkesbury, Witney, and York. The annual loss, so far as can be ascertained, which the vaccination officers experienced varied considerably. I doubt if it is advisable to publish the loss estimated to have been sustained by each particular officer, but I may state that in eight cases it did not exceed £10 in the year 1909. In three cases it exceeded £50.