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MPs to debate petition relating to research into motor neurone disease

7 July 2021

On Monday 12 July, MPs will debate a petition relating to research into motor neurone disease (MND)

The debate will be led by Petitions Committee member Martyn Day MP. MPs from all parties can take part, and Helen Whately MP, a Minister at the Department for Health and Social Care, will respond on behalf of the Government.

Increase funding for urgent research into devastating motor neurone disease

The petition, which has more than 110,000 signatures as of 6 July, states: “We ask Government to significantly increase targeted research funding for motor neurone disease (MND). A new investment of £50m over 5 years could kickstart a pioneering MND Research Institute. This would lead to better, faster and more definitive research outcomes and hope for those with MND.”

In its response to the petition, the Government said: “The Government recognises the immense challenges faced by people with motor neurone disease and is currently working on ways to significantly boost further research into the disease.”

What are petitions debates?

Petitions debates are ‘general’ debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one, or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.

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