To ask the Secretary of State for Health which longitudinal studies monitoring the physical health and emotional well-being of children his Department has undertaken in each of the last five years; when each study commenced; what each was monitoring; what the budget of each was in each year; what plans there were for the future of each such study; and what their budgets have been to date.
The Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council, is a longitudinal study following the lives of around 19,000 children born in the United Kingdom in 2000-01. The MCS covers topics such as parenting, child care, school choice, child behaviour and cognitive development, child and parental health, parents' employment and education, income and poverty, housing, neighbourhood and residential mobility, and social capital and ethnicity. Funding support for the study is provided across Government, and the Department is contributing £1.1 million over the period from June 2001 to June 2014. The Department's spend on the MCS in each of the last five years is shown in the following table: