HC Deb 01 July 1957 vol 572 cc696-7
63. Mr. Mayhew

asked the Minister of Health, as representing the Lord President of the Council, whether he is aware that highly qualified scientists are leaving Great Britain to take up schizophrenia research in other countries; and what grants were made for schizophrenia research by the Medical Research Council in the years 1952-57 inclusive.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

An isolated instance is known of the acceptance of a post abroad by a scientist working in the field of experimental psychiatry, but I am not aware that there is any significant exodus of trained workers in this field. Between 1952 and 1957 the annual value of grants increased from £3,000 to £11,000 and totalled about £37,000.

Mr. Mayhew

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that I can give him other names if he wishes of scientists leaving this country to take up schizophrenia research in other countries? Is he aware that there is a feeling widespread among people in responsible positions that the reason why only a small amount of research is being done into this disease is the rather negative and traditional attitude on the part of the Medical Research Council?

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

If the hon. Member would like to put more specific Questions down to me about lines of research which are being pursued, I think he would be very surprised. I do not think it is fair to state that the Medical Research Council is neglecting any opportunities in this matter at all. My information is what I gave the House. If the hon. Member has any further information about scientists leaving perhaps he will let me know it.