§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is satisfied with the level of funding at the university of Keele and other research centres for research to combat Meniere's disease and tinnitus.
§ Mr. Brooke
The Medical Research Council, which receives its grant-in-aid through the Department, is the main Government agency for the promotion of medical research in the United Kingdom. It is for the council to decide on the distribution of the resources available to it between research in the various areas of medical science. I understand that the MRC is providing grant support to the department of communication and neuroscience at the university of Keele and to other centres for research into Meniere's disease and tinnitus. The MRC is always ready to consider soundly based research proposals for support through its grants schemes in competition with other applications.
Research work relevant to Meniere's disease and tinnitus is also being conducted in universities and medical schools. It is likely that such work is financed in part from the block grant to universities allocated for teaching and research on advice from the University Grants Committee.