§ Mr. Andrew Bowden
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will state the overall figure spent by the Medical Research Council into research into diseases affecting older people in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
§ Mr. Alan Howarth
Most diseases affect people of all ages and become more critical in old age. Total expenditure by the MRC over the last five years on all research, including training awards and fellowships, has been:
£ Thousands 1986–87 125,188 1987–88 135,195 1988–89 149,779 1989–90 172,346 1990–91 181,077
By far the greater part of all that research is potentially relevant to improving the health of any age group, including older people.