§ Mr. William Price
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much money was spent by the Government during 1972 on research into the common cold; and what was the figure for 1970 and 1971.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
Precise expenditure figures are not available since research on the common cold forms an integral part of studies in virology. Research into cold, influenza and other respiratory viruses is in progress at the Medical Research Council's Common Cold Unit and at its Clinical Research Centre. Other support to relevant studies in university departments is given by the council through the award of project grants and also by funds provided through the University Grants Committee.