§ Dr. David Clark
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much has been spent in each of the past five years on leukaemia research in the northern region; and how much he estimates will be spent in the next two years.
§ Mr. William Shelton
Funds from the science budget for the support of basic medical research are not allocated on a regional basis. I understand that consultants at hospitals in Newcastle, Sunderland, Hexham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Tees are participating in the Medical Research Council's series of trials aimed at improving the treatment of patients with leukaemia, but that no financial support has recently been sought in this connection. The council is always ready to consider soundly based proposals for new research into leukaemia. Research into leukaemia is also in progress at universities in the northern region, in part using funds for teaching and research in universities made available through the University Grants Committee; details are not available.