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Medicine: Research

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been provided for research into (a) heart disease, (b) stroke and (c) dementia in each of the last five years; and what percentage of the medical and health research budget this represented in each year. (202151)

The available information is shown in the following table.

£ million

Department

Medical Research Council (MRC)

Coronary heart disease

Dementia

Cardiovascular research

Dementia

Stroke

2001-02

n/a

2.9

n/a

6.6

3.9

2002-03

56.2

1.6

n/a

6.6

4.9

2003-04

54.4

1.1

11.1

7.4

4.8

2004-05

60.6

19

9.7

6.2

3.1

2005-06

60.1

18.3

15.6

6

4.7

n/a = not available

Over the last 10 years, the main part of the Department’s research and development budget has been allocated to and managed by national health service organisations. These organisations have accounted for their use of the allocations received from the Department in an annual research and development report. From 2002-03, the reports have identified total, aggregated expenditure on a number of priority areas including coronary heart disease and, from 2004-05, dementia; but not stroke.

The Departmental figures for dementia for the years from 2001-02 to 2003-04 relate only to national research programme expenditure.

The MRC is one of the main agencies through which the Government supports biomedical research. The MRC is an independent body funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

In the absence of a complete set of expenditure data, a comparison with total research and development budgets has not been made.