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Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Health Education

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expenditure on sexual health campaigns has been in each year since 1979 in (a) nominal and (b) real terms. (174058)

Direct comparisons of annual expenditure on sexual health campaigns over the last 20 years are not possible because expenditure in the 1980s and early 1990s reflected the high cost of mainstream television and cinema advertising on AIDS awareness campaigns which targeted the whole population. The move in the mid-1990s to targeted HIV health promotion programmes for high-risk groups, in line with the evidence on HIV transmission, resulted in a reduction in expenditure.

Expenditure on sexual health campaigns including HIV public education, contraception awareness, prevention of sexually transmitted infections plus helplines1 is set out in the following table. Information is not available before 1985-86.

£ million nominal

£ million real terms in 2006-07 prices

1985-86

0.52

1.09

1986-87

7.60

15.44

1987-881

11.21

21.57

1988-89

10.00

17.99

1989-90

12.00

20.14

1990-91

10.00

15.56

1991-92

11.00

16.13

1992-93

11.23

15.95

1993-94

9.41

13.03

1994-95

9.87

13.46

1995-96

8.06

10.67

1996-97

5.25

6.72

1997-98

4.70

5.85

1998-99

4.80

5.83

1999-2000

6.00

7.14

2000-01

4.60

5.40

2001-02

4.60

5.27

2002-03

6.60

7.33

2003-04

6.60

7.12

2004-05

6.60

6.93

2005-06

5.12

5.27

2006-07

11.25

11.25

2007-082

10.25

10.53

1 Expenditure from 1987-88 to the early 1990s reflects the high cost of HIV television and cinema advertising for the whole population. Expenditure on mainstream HIV campaigns is not separately identified but it would have accounted for the majority.

3 Identified spend so far.

1 Contract for the Sexual Health Information Line (formerly the National AIDS Helpline) is delivered as part of a contract which also includes Drinkline and Frank.