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Thalassaemia

Volume 172: debated on Thursday 17 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much money was spent nationally on research in thalassaemia for each of the last 10 years.

The Medical Research Council is the main Government agency for the promotion of medical and related biological research in this country. The council's total expenditure on research projects which could in whole or part be related to thalassaemia in the last 10 years is as follows:

£000's
1979–80211
1980–81489
1981–82697
1982–83611
1983–84666
1984–85681
1985–86906
1986–871,042
1987–881,057
1988–891,154
Figures for 1989–90 should be available in July. Research on thalassaemia may have been undertaken by university departments and medical schools with support from the University Funding Council (UFC) block grants and by health authorities; but information on this is not collected centrally. Charities may also be spending money on research into thalassaemia.