§ Mr. Robin Cook
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services why his Department has withdrawn funding from the care for the elderly research team at the university of Wales college of medicine.
§ Mr. Grist
I have been asked to reply.
I have decided that the contract for the research team for the care for the elderly at university of Wales college of medicine should not be renewed as more cost-effective arrangements could be made.
This decision followed a review of the team's work led by the DHSS chief scientist assisted by a team of external academic assessors.
I intend that there should be no reduction in the amount spent on research into the problems of the elderly.