HC Deb 21 December 1988 vol 144 cc285-7W
Mr. Shersby

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish in theOfficial Report, in tabular form, details of all research being carried out into meningitis with support from public funds, showing the name of the research worker, the title and duration of each project, the establishment at which it is being conducted, and the amount of research grant being provided.

Mr. Jackson

[holding answer 19 December 1988]: Directly relevant research being supported by the MRC is set out in the table. Total expenditure on the projects under way in 1987–88 was £216,000; expenditure in 1988–89 will be at a higher level, but cannot be accurately estimated at this stage. The Department of Health is supporting a case study of meningococcal disease in eight west country health districts, co-ordinated by Dr. R. Stanwell-Smith, Bristol and Weston health authority. The amount of the grant is £38,100 and the duration, May 1988 to March 1990. Some support for research on meningitis is also provided through UGC block grants to universities.

education in each year since 1979; and what has been the total number of home full-time entrants to universities in each year since 1979.

Mr. Jackson

[pursuant to his answer 28 November 1988]: I regret that figures for full-time and sandwich students were in error and included non-United Kingdom-domiciled students. The corrected answer, which also includes final figures for part-time students in 1987, is therefore as follows:

1 Defined as 35 per cent. of part-time students.

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