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Volume 459: debated on Wednesday 2 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department undertook between 1980 and 1990 into (a) haemophilia and (b) haemophilia linked to HIV; and what the (i) date and (ii) aims were of each project. (133791)

The Department's principal funding for and expenditure on research and development in the years from 1980 to 1990 was undertaken on a regional basis and the information needed to answer the hon. Member's question is not held centrally. The information that is available gives no indication that research in the areas in question was centrally commissioned during that time.

The Medical Research Council’s (MRC) report ‘AIDS Research 1990’ gives an account of a body of MRC-funded research that includes projects concerned with haemophilia and AIDS. A copy of the report is available in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health why funding for the Haemophilia Society has been withdrawn. (133792)

The Haemophilia Society has received core funding under the Section 64 General Scheme of Grants for a number of years. We have not withdrawn Section 64 funding. In line with the criteria for the Section 64 scheme we recently informed the Haemophilia Society that we will be reducing their funding and provided an explanation for the reduction in funding well in advance to allow them to plan for this change.

The following level of funding will be provided over the next three years: