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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Volume 227: debated on Monday 28 June 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation she has had with ME Action and other myalgic encephalomyelitis associations about future areas of research.

Officials from the Department met representatives of the main myalgic encephalomyelitis organisations last year. As a result, a task force is now preparing a report to assist consideration of a structured approach to myalgic encephalomyelitis research.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on research into myalgic encephalomyelitis in each of the past three years.

This information is not available centrally. A number of research projects into aspects of the physical origins and treatment of myalgic encephalomyelitis are proceeding within the national health service, some of them funded by voluntary organisations and one by 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.