§ Sir J. Lucas
asked the Minister of Health whether he will arrange that, if evacuation orders are given to civilians in any locality, local Members of Parliament shall be informed at the same time as the local authorities?
Mr. M. MacDonald
Yes, Sir. I gladly accept the proposal that hon. Members should be informed at the same time as the local authorities when orders for evacuation of schoolchildren from any part of their constituencies are issued.
§ Mr. Stokes
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he is aware that children, being evacuated to Dominions other than South Africa, are being required to be vaccinated, contrary to their parents' wishes; and whether, in view of the existing Regulations, he will see to it that no child is refused evacuation to Dominions other than South Africa because of a refusal to be vaccinated?
§ Mr. Shakespeare
No application for the inclusion of a child under the Children's Overseas Reception Scheme has been refused because the parents would not agree to the child's being vaccinated, nor, so far as I am aware, have any such children been vaccinated contrary to their parents' wishes.
§ Mr. Rhys Davies
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he has any information to show whether children evacuated from this country to Canada are liable to medical examination, tests and vaccination in that country; and, if so, will he give details?
§ Mr. Shakespeare
Children entering Canada must pass a medical examination. If an examination has taken place in this country no further examination is required in Canada beyond the customary line-up inspection at the port of arrival to ensure that no illness has developed during the voyage. Vaccination is not compulsory in Canada, except in the case of an outbreak of smallpox.