HC Deb 26 March 1973 vol 853 c243W
Mr. Parry

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she is satisfied with the amount spent on research into the cause of epilepsy; if she will consider increasing the amount; and if she will make a statement.

Mrs. Thatcher

The Medical Research Council is supporting research on epilepsy in three of its own establishments and through grants to several university departments. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Social Services is also supporting projects on epilepsy and has set up three special centres to improve services for epileptic patients. It is hoped these may also become centres for further research. Other investigations are being undertaken in university departments and hospitals.

Since work in this field often forms part of wider programmes of neurological and allied research, it is not possible to isolate a figure for the cost of research on epilepsy.