HC Deb 25 January 1955 vol 536 cc21-2
37. Mr. Dodds

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, as representing the Lord President of the Council, what is the present position with regard to the experiments to produce a vaccine to cure the common cold.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works (Mr. J. R. Bevins)

I regret that it is not possible to add to the reply I gave to the hon. Member on 22nd October last year. Research is continuing, but the hon. Member must not expect immediate results.

Mr. Dodds

As every person in the land has a vested interest in this question, will the Minister do everything possible to press on with the experiments? Is he not aware that if these experiments are successful during his term of office he will go down as one of the most successful politicians of all time?

Mr. Bevins

The answer to the first part of the question is "Yes," and the answer to the second part of the question is that it would be my noble Friend the Lord President.

Mr. Hastings

Am I not right in assuming that experiments are also being carried out to prevent the common cold? Could the Minister make a statement as to the success of such experiments?

Mr. Bevins

I am afraid that is another question.

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