HC Deb 22 February 1980 vol 979 cc597-8W
Mr. Ashley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the total annual cost of Government research work on an improved whooping cough vaccine; where the work has been done; what progress has been made; where the work is to be continued and at what cost; and if he will make a statement.

Sir George Young

The Department has commissioned research and development of an improved whooping cough vaccine at the centre for applied microbiology and research (formerly the microbiological research establishment) at Porton Down. The total estimated cost from 1 April 1975 to 31 March 1980 (at 1979–80 prices) is £1,083,850 giving an annual average of £216,770. It is intended to con- tinue supporting this research at CAMR at about this year's level. The objective is to produce a more effective vaccine with the fewest possible side reactions. Progress has been scientifically reviewed regularly and is considered to justify continued support.