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Vaccination (Scotland) Bill Lords

Volume 181: debated on Wednesday 21 August 1907

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Order for the Second Reading read.

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in moving the Second Reading of this Bill, said it had come down from another place where it had been discussed and approved. Early in the year an assurance was given by the President of the Local Government Board that an Amendment in the law relating to vaccination in England would be made. During the discussion at that time he himself undertook on behalf of the Government to take steps for putting the conscientious objector in Scotland on the same footing as the conscientious objector in England. The result of such legislation in England had been that there had been an increase in vaccination. The action taken in England was founded on the Report of the Royal Commission which inquired into the subject, and there was every reason to believe that what had been done in England had been attended with consequences which were for the good of the community. In Scotland there was not the same indulgence shown to the conscientious objector. All that was proposed to be done by the Bill was to put the conscientious objector on exactly the same footing in both countries. The only alteration made in the other House was one suggested by Lord Balfour of Burleigh, and accepted by the Government, to provide for the registration of the statement made by the conscientious objector. Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill be now read a second time."—(Mr. Sinclair.) Question put, and agreed to. Bill committed to a Committee of the Whole House for To-morrow.—(Mr. Sinclair.)