Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:31 pm on 23rd January 2002.

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Photo of Lord David Steel Lord David Steel Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament 4:31 pm, 23rd January 2002

We come now to the members' business debate on motion S1M-2402, in the name of Alex Fergusson, on research into ME.

I appeal to members who are not staying for the debate to leave quickly and quietly. Perhaps Alex Fergusson could make a start. Talk loudly.

Motion debated,

That the Parliament notes the privately funded research to be carried out by Dr Derek Pheby in Bristol, and that being carried out by Dr Vance Spence in Dundee, into the factors which may be involved in the development of severe myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME); recognises that ME is a condition growing in incidence among both adults and children in Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should take the lead within the UK by commissioning further research under the remit of the NHS into the causes of, and cures for, this debilitating condition.