HC Deb 25 April 1972 vol 835 cc238-9W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services to what extent, under the present regulations, people in England and Wales are entitled to claim conscientious objections to having their children vaccinated against smallpox; to what extent vaccination is free for children; and how these positions will change on Great Britain's entry into the European Economic Community.

Mr. Alison

Smallpox vaccination is optional; for children it is entirely free; and we have no proposals for changing this policy. There will be no change in the position when we enter the European Economic Community.