§ MR. GREENE
asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether his attention has been called to the meeting of the Liverpool Health Committee, reported in the "Times" on Saturday the 16th June, wherein it is stated that the father of a family of eight children had paid the fines rather than have his children vaccinated, and that no sooner did the small-pox attack one 398 member of the family than all succumbed and were lying in the hospital suffering from the disease; and, whether it is true that the anti-vaccinationists paid the fines inflicted on people for not complying with the Vaccination Act?
§ MR. SCLATER-BOOTH,
in reply, said, his attention had been directed to the case, and he had made some inquiries about it. He found that the father of the family alluded to resided in the township of Toxteth Park. A short time ago one of his children caught the small-pox, and the remaining seven took the disease. None of them had been vaccinated. One of them died, and the rest were lying dangerously ill in the workhouse of Toxteth Park. The family came from Glasgow about four months ago, where, according to the father's statement, he had been repeatedly fined for the violation of the Vaccination Law; but he stated that he paid the fines himself. Cases had been repeatedly brought under his (Mr. Sclater-Booth's) notice, in which it was distinctly stated that the fines had been paid by the Anti-Vaccination Society. To what extent that had been done he had no official means of informing the House.