§ Mr. Maclennan
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what changes he has made in the arrangements for making free vaccination for smallpox available to children; and if he will make a statement about the current regulations and policy of European Economic Community countries in this matter.
§ Mr. Alison
I would refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend's reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Hampstead (Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg) on 28th July, 1971. No change has been made in the arrangements whereby free vaccination against smallpox is made available to children who are considered to need156W protection, for example by reason of travel to areas where the disease has not yet been eradicated. I am not aware that the European Economic Community has any common regulations or policy on the vaccination of children against smallpox nor do I have detailed information about arrangements within the individual countries of the Six on this subject.—[Vol. 822, c. 126.]