HC Deb 19 December 1912 vol 45 cc1732-3W

asked the Secretary for Scotland (1) whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that two men who died from small-pox in Kirkcaldy this year prior to 24th October, and whose condition as to vaccination was returned as doubtful, had been entered in the birth registers as successfully vaccinated; whether he will have the official records of this epidemic amended accordingly, and take steps to ensure that before cases are entered as doubtful the registers shall be searched in order to prevent such inaccuracies as have been brought to light in the present instances; and (2) whether he is aware that Andrew Nicholson, aged eighty-six years, of Kirkcaldy, was vaccinated on 23rd October, although suffering from heart disease; whether in Scotland vaccination is permissible on persons already suffering from other diseases; whether he is aware that Nicholson became dangerously ill three days after the operation and remained bedridden till his death on 22nd November; that the evidence of the activity of the vaccine disease throughout Nicholson's last illness was irrefutable; and whether he is in a position to cause the register to be corrected by the insertion of vaccination as one of the contributory causes of the man's death?


I have made inquiry into the circumstances referred to in these questions, but the notice given has not been sufficiently long to enable full information to be obtained. Perhaps my hon. Friend would put them in the Paper again for some day after the Recess.