HC Deb 05 March 1963 vol 673 cc22-3W
52. Mr. Awbery

asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science what steps are being taken to ascertain what factors, other than the effects of thalidomide, have caused abnormalities in newly-born babies.

Mr. Denzil Freeth

Units of the Medical Research Council concerned with population genetics, clinical genetics, obstetric medicine, radiobiological research and statistical research are studying possible causes of congenital abnormalities. Summaries of the work of these units are given in the Council's Annual Reports. Research on congenital malformations is also being undertaken in a number of university departments and hospitals.