HC Deb 17 December 1956 vol 562 c101W
76. Mr. Dodds

asked the Minister of Health, as representing the Lord President of the Council, in view of the lengthy and extensive experiments designed to combat the common cold, if he can yet give any guidance that will serve to reduce the usual heavy toll from this complaint

Mr. Turton

I regret that I cannot as yet report the discovery of any new methods for the prevention or treatment of the common cold. Culture of the common cold virus was first reported three years ago but since that time efforts to repeat cultivation on a large scale, such as would be necessary for vaccine production, have been unsuccessful. Recent advances in the general field of virus research do, however, suggest new approaches to the problem and the Medical Research Council, in co-operation with my Department, is continuing its investigations.