Oral Answers to Questions — Vaccination Acts.

– in the House of Commons on 12th February 1920.

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Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

21.

asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider amending the Vaccination Acts of 1862–98 and 1907, so that compulsory vaccinaiton and penalties for non-com pliance would be repealed, and that it should be left to the parent or person having the custody of the child to determine whether or not the child should be vaccinated, without having to make a declaration before a justice of the peace.

Photo of Dr Christopher Addison Dr Christopher Addison , Shoreditch

No, Sir; the dangers to the health of the community that would be involved in the adoption of the hon. Member's suggestion are too great to admit of it being considered.