HC Deb 08 December 1958 vol 597 cc8-9
35. Mr. Blenkinsop

asked the Minister of Health, as representing the Lord President of the Council, whether he is satisfied with the amount of funds at present available for medical research; and what action he proposes to take to improve the situation.

Mr. Walker-Smith

Yes, Sir; over the last ten years expenditure by the Medical Research Council has been more than trebled. The Council's resources are reviewed sympathetically each year in the light of new developments and new needs.

Mr. Blenkinsop

Is the Minister not aware of the disquieting information about the number of specialists who are going over to the United States to do particular research because of the lack of resources in this country? Will he not carry out further investigations in view of the great desire that these very eminent men should, if possible, be enabled to do their work in this country?

Mr. Walker-Smith

I am sure that my noble Friend will have regard to what the hon. Gentleman has said. The trend of resources available and of expenditure is, in fact, an upward and satisfactory one.

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