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Cancer Research

Volume 656: debated on Monday 19 March 1962

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science, in view of the recent report on the connection between smoking and lung cancer and the increase in the incidence of this disease, if he will consider extending research on cancer by increasing the grant made by Her Majesty's Government for this purpose.

The recent report by the Royal College of Physicians is an invaluable summary of results obtained over the years by reputable researchers all over the world, including those supported by the Medical Research Council. The publication of the report, therefore, does not call for a review of the Medical Research Council's programme of cancer research, which is constantly expanding and has in fact almost doubled over the last five years. My noble Friend is satisfied that the Medical Research Council is taking every opportunity to promote new and promising lines of study, and he can find no evidence that the Council is impeded in this by lack of funds.