HC Deb 02 November 1911 vol 30 cc1145-6W

asked the Under-Secretary for India whether his attention has been called to the fact that the Bombay Municipal Corporation have passed recommendations for the introduction of compulsory revaccination in Bombay; whether the Government of Bombay have expressed any intention of giving effect to these recommendations; and, if they have done so, whether the India Office will at once communicate with the Government of Bombay and advise that the proposals should be dropped, seeing that two Parsi medical members of the Bombay Corporation were of opinion that such action would be most unwise in view of the present discontent?


The Secretary of State is aware that the Bombay Municipal Corporation have resolved to recommend to the Bombay Government that it should undertake legislation for the introduction of compulsory revaccination into Bombay city. He has no information as to whether the recommendation has been made or as to the views of the Bombay Government. He is not prepared to make the communication suggested, as if legislation should be proposed, the constitution of the enlarged Bombay Legislative Council secures that full consideration is given to local opinion. There were no dissentients from the resolution passed by the Bombay Municipal Corporation. The two Parsi members referred to in the question were against compulsory revaccination in 1908, but this year reported in favour of and voted for its adoption.