HC Deb 22 July 1957 vol 574 c3W
57. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Health what percentage of the money spent on our health services is expended on preventive research work; if he is satisfied there is sufficient under the present conditions; and what steps are being taken to improve and extend this side of our social life.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

Expenditure by the Medical Research Council is the equivalent of about ½per cent. of the Exchequer cost of the National Health Service. Much of this expenditure relates immediately to prevention and most medical research has that ultimate aim.

I am advised that my noble Friend the Lord President of the Council is satisfied that development of this work is proceeding as rapidly as financial and other considerations permit. Much research takes place all the time in hospitals, but no separate figure can be given for this.