HC Deb 16 April 1964 vol 693 cc99-100W
55. Mrs. Hart

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the amount of Government expenditure devoted in each of the latest convenient five years to research into the causes and treatment of mental deficiency and mental illness, respectively; and whether this amount includes expenditure by the National Health Service.

Mr. Hogg

Expenditure by the Medical Research Council over the last five years on research on mental illness, and related work in the field of applied psychology, has been as follows:

Mental Illness Applied Psychology Total
£ £ £
1959–60 170,000 90,000 260,000
1960–61 228,000 93,000 321,000
1961–62 247,000 120,000 367,000
1962–63 260,000 148,000 408,000
1963–64 360,000 150,000 510,000

In addition, much work is carried out under the Council's auspices in the basic sciences, such as biochemistry, which may prove relevant to the causes and treatment of mental deficiency and mental illness.

It is not practicable to break down these figures further or to provide a figure for total government expenditure on research in this field, since information regarding the amount spent in the National Health Service and from University Grants Committee funds in University departments and teaching hospitals is not available.