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Volume 974: debated on Wednesday 21 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what allocation of funds for research is being made into the disease tinnitus, in view of the substantial increase in the number of people suffering from the disease.

The main Government-funded body supporting such research is the Medical Research Council from funds provided by the Department of Education and Science and the health Departments. The council is currently spending about £25,000 annually on research into this condition. Other research from Government funds is being supported by universities and hospital medical schools, but details are not kept centrally. The council is always prepared to consider support for any soundly based projects of potential value for the effective treatment of this condition.