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M.E./CFS in Parliament: more written questions

February 26, 2019

We are pleased to see that there has been increased engagement from Members of Parliament surrounding M.E./CFS. Following last month’s M.E. debate there has been nine written questions raised to Ministers from MPs, prior to this it took on average six months for the same amount of questions to be submitted.

Written questions are often used by MPs to raise awareness of an issue or gain statistics from governmental departments. MPs have asked a variety of questions including:

  • To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many grant applications have been made to the Medical Research Council for M.E./CFS related research since 2010; how many of those applications have been awarded funding; and if he will make a statement.
  • To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of child protection procedures on families affected by myalgic encephalomyelitis.
  • To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to support biomedical research into the diagnosis and treatment of M.E.

It is positive to see that there has been an upwards tradgectory towards political attention on M.E./CFS and we will be looking at opportunities to follow up on the answers given. You can read the full list of questions since the debate and read the answers given here.

For information or support on how you can get your MP involved, please contact our Policy Officer at policy@actionforme.org.uk.