HC Deb 12 March 1919 vol 113 cc1307-8W

asked the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that there is a growing opinion that, in consequence of altered social conditions and improved sanitary administration, it is not now necessary to enforce vaccination; and whether he will consider the advisability of introducing legislation with a view to the repeal of the compulsory Clauses of the Vaccination Acts?


I have no information to show that public opinion has changed. My right hon. Friend is not contemplating legislation.


asked the President of the Local Government Board, in view of the tendency of modern methods of vaccination to produce only faint scars or marks, what value do the Government now attach to scars or marks as an evidence of efficient vaccination?


Efficient vaccination of children by modern methods produces scars or marks which have a definite and characteristic appearance and are readily recognisable. In modern practice the appearance, number, and area of marks or scars furnish evidence of the degree of protection afforded by vaccination.

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