§ Lord Clement-Jones
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether the study or causal factors of autism announced by the Medical Research Council on 3 April will investigate the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination. [HL4540]
§ Lord Sainsbury of Turville
The study in question is led by Professor Andrew Hall of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It is a population-based case controlled study to identify possible causes of autism. It will determine whether autistic children have an abnormal history of medical conditions, such as problems during birth or viral infections in the womb. The research will include investigating the association, if any, between MMR vaccination and autism.