HC Deb 09 August 1966 vol 733 c319W
Mr. William Price

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much the Government have spent on research into arthritis and rheumatism during each of the past five years; and what proposals he has to increase the amount.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

It is not possible to give an estimate of the total amount. Direct expenditure by the Medical Research Council has been as follows:

1961–62 104,000
1962–63 87,000
1963–64 79,000
1964–65 107,000
1965–66 109,000

Work is also carried out in universities and at hospitals under the National Health Service.

Fundamental research undertaken under the Council's auspices and in the universities may well lead to increases in knowledge about the causes and treatment of rheumatic conditions. The cost of this work, which is of direct relevance to these diseases, cannot be isolated.

As regards the Council, plans for expansion are a matter primarily for them to decide in the light of their scientific experience, but I am assured that they have not to date felt themselves restricted by lack of funds from supporting scientifically worthwhile projects arising in this field.