HC Deb 10 March 1958 vol 584 cc23-4
40. Mr. Blenkinsop

asked the Minister of Health, as representing the Lord President of the Council, whether he is satisfied that adequate resources are being made available in this country for research into the cause of schizophrenia; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Walker-Smith

There is a shortage of suitably qualified research workers in this field, but funds are made available for any promising research projects.

Mr. Blenkinsop

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that we have lost some valuable research workers in this subject to the United States, largely because—it is argued, at any rate—provision was not made for them in this country to enable them to carry on their research work? Would he look into that matter?

Mr. Walker-Smith

I will certainly look into it, but the Medical Research Council offers training scholarships, clinical research fellowships and travelling fellowships to promising young research workers in psychiatry. There are also research grants made for specific projects; so we are doing what we can.