HC Deb 23 April 1996 vol 276 cc104-5W
Mr. Dafis

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been commissioned by his Department concerning the possible causes of declining sperm counts. [25207]

Mr. Horam

The main agency through which the Government supports medical and clinical research is the Medical Research Council which receives its grant in aid from the office of my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade. The MRC has recently completed research which suggests that semen quality in the United Kingdom is deteriorating and referred to possible environmental factors. The results of the research were published in theBritish Medical Journal on 24 February 1996.

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