HC Deb 18 April 1994 vol 241 cc366-7W
Mr. Parry

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much is spent by the Medical Research Council on research into the treatment of psoriasis; what was the cost five years ago; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Waldegrave

In the financial year 1992–93, the Medical Research Council's expenditure on research in the field of psoriasis was £409,000 and in the financial year 1988–89 total expenditure in this field amounted to £538,000.

The council also supports a substantial portfolio of research on skin, data from which may be of direct relevance to our understanding of diseases such as psoriasis. In the financial year 1992–93 the council's expenditure on skin research was £4,874,000.

The council is always willing to consider new applications for research in the area of psoriasis and other skin disorders; such proposals would be peer-reviewed in competition with all other applications for MRC support.