HC Deb 09 July 1940 vol 362 c1107W
Mr. Viant

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether, in view of the fact that the South African Public Health Act allows parents to exempt their children from vaccination, if they so desire, he will make representations to the High Commissioner for South Africa with a view to permitting exempted children from Great Britain to reside in South Africa on the same terms as unvaccinated children born in South Africa?

Mr Shakespeare

The Public Health Amendment Act of 1928 of the Union of South Africa provides for exemption from vaccination for bona fide conscientious objectors on personal application by the father within six months of his child's entry into the Union of South Africa. In the case of children going to the Union of South Africa under the Children's Overseas Reception Scheme, parents who object to their children being vaccinated on conscientious grounds should set out the grounds for their objection in writing before the child's embarkation. If a declaration of conscientious objection to vaccination has been made by a parent in the United Kingdom, a copy should, if possible, accompany the statement.