§ Mr. Ron Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is satisfied that sufficient funds are available for research into diabetes, and that progress in this field is not lacking because of money; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Goronwy Roberts
Research into diabetes and associated conditions forms part of the Medical Research Council's programme of research into metabolic disorders. Further studies are being made in university and teaching hospital departments with the support of Exchequer funds and with the assistance of grants from voluntary bodies, notably the British Diabetic Association. Work is also being done under the auspices of the Health Departments. Much of the extensive programme of fundamental research into biochemistry, endocrinology and metabolism, which is being conducted in this country by the Medical Research Council and by the universities, may also be regarded as potentially relevant to diabetes.
I am assured that the Medical Research Council has not felt itself to be restricted by lack of funds from sponsoring any scientifically worthwhile projects in this field.