HC Deb 23 January 1918 vol 101 cc1004-5W

asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that the Press Bureau has refused permission for the circulation of a pamphlet criticising the practices of vaccination and inoculation in the Army arid Navy; whether questions of health and medical practice on which opinion is divided are included as propaganda in relation to the present War or to the making of peace; and, if not, whether he will revoke the prohibition and allow the pamphlet referred to to be circulated?


On 6th December a pamphlet, entitled "Our Armies and Navies and Vaccination—Inoculation," by Arnold Lupton, was submitted to the Press Bureau under Regulation. 27 c as it then stood. The pamphlet was not passed, on the ground that it was intended and likely to prejudice the training and discipline of the forces. Regulation 27 c has since been amended by omitting the provision as to leaflets being parsed by the Press Bureau; but, as this particular leaflet infringes Regulation 27, steps are being taken to prevent its circulation.