§ Mr. Ron Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is satisfied that sufficient money is being allocated for research to find a cure for arthritis; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Goronwy Roberts
Work on arthritis is undertaken in the Medical Research Council's Rheumatism Research Unit; in the Univerities with support through research grants and with support from voluntary organisations—notably the Arthritis and Rheumatism Council 257W for Research and the Nuffield Foundation; and within the National Health Service. There is also much research abroad. Much of the extensive programme of fundamental research by the Medical Research Council and relevant university and medical school departments may also add to knowledge about the causes and treatment of this condition.
I am assured that the Medical Research Council has not to date felt itself prevented by lack of funds from supporting scientifically worth-while projects in this field.