§ Lord Balniel
asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science what sums of money are allocated by the Medical Research Council to research on cardiovascular diseases; and what proportion of total deaths in this country is attributable to cardiovascular diseases.
§ Mr. Denzil Freeth
Two of the Council's establishments are wholly engaged on research on cardiovascular disease, and this subject also forms part of the wider programme of a number of other Medical Research Council units and is supported under their scheme of research grants. In addition, a large amount of basic research is being undertaken by the Council which may well throw light on specific problems in this field. In the circumstances, it is not possible to provide an estimate of expenditure.
I understand that, during the 10 years 1952–61, an average of 51 per cent. of all deaths in this country were attributable to the range of diseases covered by this heading. The 1962 figure is not available.