To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action is being taken to identify victims of myalgic encephalomyelitis in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
The diagnosis of this condition is a matter for the medical profession.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what financial assistance has been made available to myalgic encephalomyelitis support groups in Northern Ireland to date; and if he plans to fund a professional regional worker in the forthcoming financial year.
An application from an myalgic encephalomyelitis support group for funding of a development officer is at present being considered along with other competing applications for grants by voluntary organisations. No previous requests for help by such groups have been made to the Department or the health and social services boards.