Is the hon. Member satisfied that the work being done in this direction is extensive enough, in view of the large number of migraine sufferers in this country and the fact that we seem to be up against something of a medical mystery in this field? Is it not a fact that the funds which this country devotes to medical research in general are totally inadequate? Will the hon. Member therefore see that the sums devoted to this aspect of it are increased?
The difficulty about research into the causes of migraine is that it is really a symptom of what may turn out to be a considerable number of different states. The Medical Research Council is always ready to consider sympathetically applications which are made to it for grants for research into subjects which may have a bearing on migraine. In regard to the second part of the hon. Lady's supplementary question, I do not believe that the Medical Research Council is being kept short of money by the Government.
As far as the Medical Research Council is concerned, this work is Co-ordinated, and there is a close interchange of information. The difficulty is that research into the causes arid treatment of migraine have so far been very unrewarding, because of the large variation of precipitating factors and responses to treatment from patient to patient. It is not a single disease upon which we can turn the spearhead of attack.