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Multiple Sclerosis: Research

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on research into multiple sclerosis in each of the last 10 years. (264403)

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Expenditure on multiple sclerosis research

£ million

Department of Health

Medical Research Council

1998-99

0.6

n/a

1999-2000

0.5

n/a

2000-01

0.5

1.5

2001-02

0.6

2.1

2002-03

0.1

1.8

2003-04

0.1

1.1

2004-05

0.1

1.4

2005-06

0.8

1.9

2006-07

0.01

3.1

2007-08

0.8

3.6

n/a = Not available

The departmental figures relate to national research programme and, from 2007-08, National Institute for Health Research expenditure. They do not include expenditure in the areas of human health concerned from the research and development allocations made annually over the last 10 years to national health service providers. That information is not held centrally.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is one of the main agencies through which the Government support biomedical research. The MRC is an independent body funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.