HC Deb 25 July 1923 vol 167 cc479-80W

asked the Minister of Health under what Act of Parliament a medical officer of health has power to isolate compulsorily healthy people; and whether he will inquire into the fact that the medical officer of health of Taunton threatened a perfectly healthy family from Gloucester with a period of isolation if they persisted in their refusal to be vaccinated, and in consequence the family returned to Gloucester, where they were examined by the small-pox officials and given a clean bill of health?


I am not aware of any Act of Parliament which confers upon a medical officer of health power to order compulsory isolation. As regards the second part of the question, I will communicate with the local authority in regard to the action which the medical officer of health is said to have taken in this case.