HC Deb 28 April 1971 vol 816 c155W
Mr. Elystan Morgan

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the latest assessment of the number of persons in the United Kingdom who suffer from multiple sclerosis; and what are the latest average annual fatality figures for this disease.

Mr. Alison

No accurate assessment is available but there are believed to be between 25,000 and 50,000 sufferers in England and Wales; the number of deaths was 807 in 1968, 884 in 1969 and 826—provisional figures—in 1970.