HC Deb 24 May 1927 vol 206 cc1862-3W

asked the Minister of Labour what is the number of persons who have been refused unemployment benefit at the Congleton and Maccles-field Employment Exchanges during the six months ending 31st December, 1926; and for the three months ending 31st March, 1927; and will he state the reasons given for the refusal of benefit?


The following table contains the figures for which the hon. Member asks:

whether he can state if any research work is being undertaken by the Departments or laboratories under his control to produce vitamins of this quality in Great Britain?


The investigations to which, I believe, the hon. Member intends to refer, are following the lines of work of fundamental importance done recently in the National Institute for Medical Research, at Hampstead, where the production of a vitamin of intense potency has been effected by the action of light upon a known chemical substance in pure form. I am glad to be able to say that this country continues to take the leading position in vitamin research, which it has held throughout I am informed that much important work upon the various vitamins, including that already mentioned, is in progress in various laboratories, and in large part with the support of public funds administered by the Medical Research Council.