§ Mr. Hannam
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the present level of the Department of Health and Social Services grant to the national perinatal epidemiology unit at Oxford; and, in view of the Social Services Committee recommendations that more research be undertaken in this area, if he will consider increasing the grant.884W
§ Sir George Young
The Department's support for the national perinatal epidemiology unit for the current financial year is estimated at £76,000. The Department has every intention of continuing to support the unit, subject to regular review of its programme and of the scientific standard of its work.
The recommendations of the Social Services Committee will be taken into account when the unit's forward programme and the future level of support are being considered; a full reply to the Committee's report will be presented to Parliament in the autumn.