§ 56. Mr. GROVES
asked the Minister of Health whether he has any statement to make respecting the progress, if any, of the various bodies of local research regarding cancer; and whether he proposes any Government action in this matter?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of HEALTH(Sir Kingsley Wood)
My right hon. Friend assumes that the hon. Member refers to the inquiries which are being carried out by certain of the larger local authorities, on the advice of the Departmental Committee on Cancer, which was appointed by his Department. These inquiries have not yet reached the stage at which he could usefully make a definite statement as to progress. As regards the concluding part of the question, I may say that the Departmental Committee are continuing their investigations, and Circulars are being issued from time to time by my right hon. Friend's Department to local authorities giving such 1850 available information on the subject as is likely to be helpful to them
§ Mr. GROVES
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that it is a common practice now, in connection with these small local Committees, for funds to be raised by local bazaars and the like I Has he considered it in that light, because I think it is veryinfra digthat a proposal with regard to cancer research should be carried out in that way?