§ 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.