HC Deb 12 December 1972 vol 848 c103W
74. Mrs. Knight

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what research she is initiating or encouraging into perinatal physiology; and if she will make a statement.

Mrs. Thatcher

Seven of the Medical Research Council's research establishments, including a new unit in reproductive biology, are concerned with aspects of normal and abnormal foetal development. The council also finances a considerable number of similar studies and has awarded three long-term and 21 project grants during the past year. These studies are concerned with the development of the normal foetus and also aim at reducing perinatal mortality and at determining factors that may bring about departmental abnormalities.