HC Deb 22 November 1926 vol 200 cc51-2W
Viscount SANDON

asked the Minister of Health, in order to obviate the danger of infantile paralysis being spread by reason of boys being withdrawn from infected schools by parents, if he will take steps to prevent any School so infected from being closed down or the boys leaving?


I am not empowered to take the course suggested, but I am always ready to arrange for the medical officers of my Department to confer with the School authorities as to the precautions appropriate to any outbreak of infectious disease.


asked the Minister of Health whether he has drawn the attention of the Committee on Vaccination, which is now sitting, to the eases of death from encephalo-myelitis after vaccination; and whether he will direct the Committee to make an investigation into the whole question of the risk of spreading encephalo-myelitis and other kindred diseases which appear to be associated with the practice of vaccination?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part, one of the terms of reference of this Committee is to inquire into and report on the practical methods which are available in the light of modern knowledge to diminish or remove any risks which may result from vaccination.