§ Mr. Alton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 16 June,Official Report, column 619, whether she will now fund a study of the causes of lung cancer in Liverpool; what is the future of the Sefton general hospital chest clinic in Liverpool; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Sackville
Research studies which are locally based are the responsibility of the regional health authority and would not normally be funded from the Department's central research budget. It would be for Mersey RHA to consider whether or not to mount a study of the causes of lung cancer in Liverpool in the light of its knowledge of local needs, resources and priorities.
The hon. Member may wish to contact Mr. D. H. Tod, the chairman of Liverpool health authority, concerning the future of the Sefton general hospital chest clinic.