§ Rev. Martin Smyth
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information she has concerning Agensic-Anosmic; and what research is being undertaken into the loss of sense of smell.
§ Mr. Bowis
The Department is aware that Ageusic-Anosmic helps people who have lost their sense of taste and smell. Ageusic-Anosmic has campaigned since 1992 to draw attention to the plight of sufferers. Research into the condition is primarily a matter for the Medical Research Council which receives its grant in aid from the office of my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Internationally there is research work being undertaken into the possible affects of environmental pollution on the senses of taste and smell and the Department keeps this under review.