§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what Medical Research Council funds are devoted to research into the problems of haemophiliacs at the Royal Free hospital in London; what is his estimate for spending in 1985–86 at the Royal Free hospital unit; and if he will make a statement on general expenditure on research to help haemophiliacs.
§ Mr. Brooke
I understand that the Medical Research Council's expenditure on research projects relevant to the problems of haemophiliacs amounted to £50,000 in the 1983–84 financial year, but that the council is not currently funding any work on this subject at the Royal Free hospital.
Work on the important problem of haemophilia is part of the council's total research effort in the field of blood and blood disorders, to which field the council contributed funds totalling £1.94 million in 1983–84. Research relevant to haemophilia may also be carried out in universities and medical schools using funds allocated for teaching and research on the advice of the University Grants Committee.