Extract from cabinet conclusions recording a note from Prime Minister Asquith to the King, (Catalogue ref: CAB41/35)
10 Downing Street
Mr Asquith, with his humble duty to your Majesty, has the honour to report that the Cabinet met this morning.
Lord Kitchener asked approval of a Bill to make inoculation against enteric compulsory in the case of new recruits. In view of the acute controversy which the introduction of such a measure would arise, the Cabinet deemed it wiser to wait for a while [for] the results of the appeal recently issued by the leading doctors and countersigned by Lord Kitchener.
It was resolved with a good deal of reluctance.