§ Mr. Denzil Freeth
The Medical Research Council spent approximately £228,000 on mental health research in 1960–61. Considerable research is also undertaken in university departments and teaching hospitals, supported from block grants by the University Grants Committee, as well as within the National Health Service in the normal course of treating patients, but I cannot give a reliable estimate of expenditure from these sources. There is also research supported by voluntary organisations: an example is the Mental Health Research Fund which spent over £29,000 in 1960–61.
As it is impossible to give a total figure for expenditure on mental health research, I cannot calculate this as a percentage of expenditure on the 120W National Health Service, but the cost of the research supported by the Medical Research Council in 1960–61 represented 4.7 per cent. of its total expenditure.