asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what grants have been made by the European Community to individuals or bodies in the United Kingdom to study social questions; what are the conditions of such grants, if they have been made with her consent; and if she will make a statement.
Four officials of my Department have been authorised to undertake, outside their normal duties, separate studies relating to the United Kingdom, financed by grants from the Community, to supplement information provided by the Six original member States. These subjects are:Relations between the medical profession and the social security system.Pharmaceutical consumption in the framework of social security.The cost of hospitalisation.The social security position of farmers and farm workers.All these studies were set in train before February 1974. Two of them were completed before that date and two subsequently.
I have no knowledge of any grants which may have been made by the Community to other persons or bodies for studies on matters which concern my Department.
Grants have also been made from the European Social Fund to non-official bodies carrying out five studies dealing with the training and employment of workers. These studies were approved by the Department of Employment.
Conditions of grants are determined by the Community separately in each case and embodied in a formal contract with the individual or body concerned.