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Volume 227: debated on Wednesday 23 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list all Government-funded research into the causes of schizophrenia, giving the amount of funding in each case; and if she will make a statement.

In 1993–94, the Department is committed to fund projects on schizophrenia costing around £290,000. These projects concern detecting early signs of relapse, the long-term outcome of psychosis in Afro-Caribbean patients and a prospective study of psychoses in British Afro-Caribbean people.The Medical Research Council, which receives its grant in aid from the office of my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, has funded research directly related to schizophrenia to a value of £1·6 million in 1991–92, the latest figures available, and an additional £678,000 was for general mental illness research relevant to schizophrenia.