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Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment has been made by his Department and its agencies of the causes of asthma. (202889)

The Department and its agencies have not made a recent assessment of the causes of asthma, however I understand the Medical Research Council (MRC), which works closely with the national health service and the United Kingdom health departments to improve health through world-class medical research, is of the view that asthma may be partly due to allergy and partly due to genetics. MRC research programmes are continuing into both the causes of, and treatments for asthma.