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Skin Cancer: Health Education

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department has provided in (a) cash and (b) real terms in current prices to support campaigns to raise awareness of skin cancer in each year since 1997-98; what funding his Department plans to provide in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement. (220931)

In 1997, the Health Education Authority (HEA) ran the Sun Know How campaign on behalf of the Department. Information on funding to the HEA for the specific campaign is not readily available at short notice. SunSmart is the national skin cancer prevention campaign, run by Cancer Research UK on behalf of the United Kingdom Health Departments. The Department of Health in England contributed funding of around £100,000 towards the launch of the SunSmart campaign in March 2003. The campaign has received further funding in the last four financial years.

The second column in the following table presents the amount of money provided for the SunSmart campaign in that year. The third column expresses that figure in constant 2004-05 prices, i.e. in real terms1.

1 Notes on the real-terms calculation:

Beyond 2004-05, the real terms value is less than the cash terms value. This is because inflation has eroded part of the cash value; prices have increased, so a given cash amount buys less than it did in 2004-05.

2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 funding amounts have been more than the 2004-05 funding amount in both cash terms and real terms.

The GDP Deflator, available at,

has been used to calculate the real terms values.


Funding amount

In cash terms

In 2004-05 prices













The amounts are given in cash and in real terms in current prices.

The funding for 2008-09 is £110,000, which is being paid on a quarterly basis. We keep funding for skin cancer awareness campaigns under review in the light of their merits and the overarching funding position of the Department.