§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on research into allergies and the facilities available under the National Health Service for sufferers.
§ Mr. Freeman
The Medical Research Council (MRC) is the main agency through which the Government support medical and related research in the United Kingdom. The MRC receives its grant-in-aid from the Department of Education and Science and is currently conducting research into allergies; the total expenditure for these projects is £1 million.
NHS treatment for allergies is widely available. The amount of resources devoted to it is for decision by health authorities in the light of their knowledge of local needs, priorities, and resources.