HC Deb 01 March 1912 vol 34 c1791W

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether the action of the Metropolitan Asylums Board, in declining to receive boys recommended by the Southwark Board of Guardians on board the training ship "Exmouth" unless they have been vaccinated, has his sanction, seeing that this ignores conscientious objection, as recognised by law, and rein states compulsion; and, if not, whether he will take steps to restore freedom of conscience to persons under the control of the Metropolitan Asylums Board?


I am advised that the Metropolitan Asylums Board have a discretion whether they will admit an unvaccinated boy to the ship.