HC Deb 05 March 1976 vol 906 c801W
Sir George Young

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether she is satisfied with the progress being made on research into smoking; and whether there exists at present a suitable forum for discussion of such research.

Dr. Owen

While a good deal of research is being undertaken, there is always a need for further research on a major public health problem such as smoking. One forum for discussing smoking research is the Joint Committee of the Medical Research Council and the Social Science Research Council. I am of course advised on the needs for scientific research on smoking by the Independent Scientific Committee on Smoking and Health.