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Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if his Department has recently made an assessment of the possible uses of nanotechnology in the national health service. [117007]

The Department of Health funds the National Horizon Scanning Centre (NHSC) at the University of Birmingham to provide advance notice of new and emerging technologies that might require urgent evaluation, consideration of clinical and cost impact, or modification of clinical guidance. The NHSC is monitoring progress in nanotechnology and clinical applications in this field, which will be considered alongside other emerging technologies for future published NHSC briefings.