HC Deb 14 April 1978 vol 947 cc572-3W
Mr. Watkinson

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he allocates any funds for research into respiratory conditions in children; and, if so, what funds are so spent on which conditions.

Mr. Moyle

Yes. My Department is currently supporting a number of studies involving respiratory conditions in children.

Professor Walter Holland's unit at St. Thomas' Hospital is undertaking a national study of the influence of environmental factors on the development of respiratory diseases in children. In addition his unit is studying acute lower respiratory diseases in the first year of life and such things as respiratory symptoms and smoking habits in primary and secondary school children. The cost of these projects is contained within the unit's overall funding from my Department which will be in the order of £206,000 for 1978–79.

Professor John Colley of Bristol University is currently studying the relationship between obesity and respiratory illness in childhood at a cost of approximately £21,400.

I will circulate in the Official Report as soon as possible information on any research of this nature being carried out by the Medical Research Council for

Rates per 1,000 live births
1st 2nd 3rd
Age All Causes Perinatal causes Congenital anomalites Respiratory diseases
Under 1 year 14.2 6.3 3.5 1.8
Rates per million population
1st 2nd 3rd
Age All Causes Accidents Congenital anomalies Respiratory diseases
1–4 years 552 135 101 97
Rates per million population
1st 2nd 3rd
Age All Causes Accidents Cancer Congenital anomalies
5–14 years 276 90 57 32
These figures have been published in OPCS Monitor Reference DH2 77/3.

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