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Public Health Pilots

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was allocated by her Department to pilot projects targeting public health, including those relating to obesity, in each of the last two years; how much is projected to be allocated during the next 12 months; and if she will make a statement. (68841)

The Department has allocated central funding to a range of pilot projects aimed at improving public health. Examples of public health related pilots include HIV and syphilis community testing, early abortion and genito-urinary medicine development pilots, local exercise action pilots, school pedometer pilots and piloting the new healthy start scheme. An exact funding figure is not available, but in excess of £3 million was allocated in 2005-06 and similar funding is expected in the coming 12 months.