HC Deb 27 June 1907 vol 177 cc122-3

I beg to ask the Prime Minister whether he can now state if he is able to appoint a Royal Commission to examine into the causes of the national scourge, cancer.


Since the hon. and gallant Member gave notice of this Question some little time ago, I have made inquiries of the authorities who are best qualified to express an opinion on a matter which we must all feel to be of the utmost importance, and I am advised that it would not be expedient at present to recommend the appointment of a Royal Commission to inquire into the causes of cancer. Though much research work is being systematically carried on in this country in connection with the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and otherwise and abroad, I am advised that much remains to be done before any facts can be brought before a Royal Commission with any likelihood of their making such an inquiry fruitful for the public advantage.

MR. ARTHUR LEE (Hampshire, Fareham)

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of giving financial assistance to the Imperial Cancer Research Fund?


That does not arise out of the Question.