§ Mr. WILLIAM THORNE
asked the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been drawn to the prosecution at the Redditch Petty Sessions, on 18th December, 1912, of Mr. J. K. Coventry, Beoley, as a defaulter under the Vaccination Acts, and to the dismissal of the summons; whether he is aware that the defendant had made a declaration of conscientious objection to the vaccination of his child within four 1823W months of its birth before a guardian instead of before a magistrate, but that he also made a similar declaration before a justice of the peace one day after the child became four months old; whether he is aware that the vaccination officer had not served Form Q, and that the public vaccinator admitted in his evidence that he did not give notice of his intention to call to offer to vaccinate the child before paying such visit; and whether he will direct these officials to carry out their duties in accordance with the instructions issued by the Board?
§ Mr. BURNS
My attention has been drawn to a report of this case in a local paper, from which it would appear that the circumstances of the case are generally as stated in the question. I have instructed one of my medical inspectors to confer with the public vaccinator and vaccination officer on the matter.