HC Deb 23 April 1964 vol 693 cc201-2W
56. Mr. Beaney

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is satisfied that the amount granted by the Medical Research Council is sufficient to meet the requirements of cancer research in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom plan to co-ordinate cancer research throughout the world as against the French proposal to create a central research institute.

Mr. Hogg

The Medical Research Council are responsible for only part of what is spent in the United Kingdom on cancer research. I am assured that the Council have not been hampered by lack of funds in their support of proposals for cancer research which have come before them.

At one international meeting of officials convened by the French Government at the end of February, agreement was reached on a modified version of the French proposals. This does not include the creation of a central research Institute, but provides for an agency which will collect epidemiological data, and arrange for the exchange of in- formation and material. A draft Convention implementing these proposals has recently been circulated by the United Kingdom.

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