HC Deb 03 April 1973 vol 854 c58W
62. Sir Bernard Braine

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will consider more research into arthritis and rheumatism, in view of the recent findings about loss of working time through rheumatic diseases.

Mrs. Thatcher

This is a matter for the Medical Research Council. In February 1972, after a review of studies on rheumatism and allied disorders, the council resolved to continue wide-ranging research in this field and identified specific areas of investigation to receive special consideration for their support. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services recently announced plans for new centres to demonstrate best practice in treatment and rehabilitation in cases of arthritis and stroke.