HC Deb 20 November 1956 vol 560 cc1525-6
15. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many hospital regions have now completed their cancer registration and follow-up arrangements.

Mr. J. N. Browne

My right hon. Friend regrets that it has been possible in only two of the five regions to organise a reasonably complete system of cancer registration The difficulties elsewhere appear to be mainly medical and statistical and my right hon. Friend has, therefore, asked the Cancer Committee of the Scottish Health Services Council to inquire into them and suggest ways of overcoming them.

Mr. Hannan

While thanking the Joint Under-Secretary for that statement, which is helpful, may I ask him to impress upon his right hon Friend the urgency of this information for research purposes? I understand that research is likely to be delayed unless this information is provided.

Mr. Browne

Yes, Sir

Mr. Woodburn

Will the hon. Gentleman see that medical officers of health who are keen to push on with this work receive every co-operation from the Scottish Office, and get every encouragement in the provision of material, where that is necessary?

Mr. Browne

Yes, Sir.