HC Deb 25 July 1929 vol 230 cc1546-7W

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the ease of Francis William Tomlinson, aged 12, late of East Ferry Road, Cubitt Town, who died on 20th July, following being vaccinated on 3rd July; whether pure Government lymph was used; where, when, and how it was obtained; and will he arrange for a full inquiry into the subject of vaccination at an early date?


My attention has been called to a newspaper report of this case, and I observe that the inquest has been adjourned for medical evidence. As regards the second part of the question, I am informed that Government lymph was not used, and the third part does not, therefore, arise. As regards the last part, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave on this subject to my hon. Friend, the Member for Govan (Mr. Maclean) on 4th July.


asked the Minister of Health whether, in addition to the provision for free medical treatment in cases which require such treatment in consequence of vaccination which public vaccinators are directed to give under their existing contracts with board of guardians, he will consider the desira- bility, in cases where a fatal result ensues, of making a grant to the parents to cover the funeral expenses?


There are no funds at my disposal out of which grants could be made for this purpose.


asked the Minister of Health if he will supply particulars of the various changes which have been made in the manufacture of vaccine lymph issued by his Department since the system of public arm-to-arm vaccination was abandoned?


My hon. Friend will find a full statement on the technique and procedure adopted in the preparation of vaccine lymph in the Report of the Vaccination Committee, 1928, pp. 15–17.