HC Deb 03 April 1913 vol 51 c581W

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether the declarations of conscientious objection to vaccination, amounting to about 276,000 in 1912, led to any exceptional prevalence of small-pox in the population of England and Wales in general and amongst the exempted children in particular; and whether he will consider if the time has now arrived when children may be allowed to remain unvaccinated without their parents going through the formality of declaring their conscientious objection to vaccination?


There has been no exceptional prevalence of small-pox in England and Wales in 1912 and this year. I cannot undertake to introduce legislation to effect what is suggested in the last part of the question.