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Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what levels of funding have been made available for research into meningitis and related illnesses in each of the last 10 years; and what plans for future development he has for research in this area.

The main Government agency for the promotion of medical and related biological research is the Medical Research Council which receives its grant-in-aid from the Department of Education and Science. I

The last review of age structure of NHS buildings in England, which was conducted in 1981, showed the following:

Approximate percentage
Built before 18907
Built between 1891 and 191874
Built between 1919 and 19395
Built between 1940 and 19646
Built after 19648
Since 1979 over 300 health building schemes, each costing over £1 million, have been completed.Information regarding Wales is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.