§ Mr. Battle
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list for each year since 1985 the total quantity and the average price of(a) coal (b) gas and (c) oil purchased by major electricity generating companies. 
§ Mr. Page
The information requested is given in the following table:
Although the MRC does not currently fund applied research into diagnostic tests or treatment of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, some of the fundamental research into transmissible spongiform encephalopathies aims to improve the understanding of the pathogenesis of these disorders in man and, thus, indirectly diagnosis and treatment. The Council has funded research into transmission of spongiform encephalopathies in primates in the past but is not doing so at present.
The Council's expenditure in future years is partly dependent upon applications received, assessed and awarded in the annual competitions, and it is not possible to predict the level of spend. The council does place strategic importance on ensuring that there is high quality research in these areas.