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Medical Research Council

Volume 81: debated on Tuesday 18 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the level of financing of the Medical Research Council.

The information which follows supplements my answer of 14 February to the hon. Member's earlier question on this subject, at column 221.The level of financing of the Medical Research Council for the years 1981–82 to 1987–88 is set out in the table which shows (i) the Medical Research Council's grant-in-aid for the years 1981–82 to 1985–86 and the amounts provisionaly recommended by the Advisory Board for the Research Councils for 1986–87 and 1987–88, in cash terms; and (ii) the Medical Research Council's grant-in-aid expressed as a percentage of the science budget.

MRC's grant in aidScience budget
Cash terms £ millionCash terms £ millionMRC Per cent.
1981–82101·745122
1982–83107·548222
1983–84113·751622
1984–85117·255021
1985–86 (estimated)122·358421
1986–87 (provisional)*125·059921
1987–88 (provisional)*128·361321
* Subject to revised advice by the ABRC later in 1985 (for 1986–87) and in 1986 (for 1987–88).