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Dementia

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with dementia were recorded on dementia registers by GPs as part of the dementia indicator quality outcome framework. (241056)

For 2007-08 there were 220,246 people with dementia recorded on dementia registers by general practitioners as part of the dementia indicator in the quality outcomes framework.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of people with (a) dementia and (b) cancer in England; and how much his Department spent on medical research on (i) cancer and (ii) dementia in 2007-08. (241057)

The Department does not currently collect information on the number of people with dementia. However, the Dementia UK report, published in 2007 by the Alzheimer's Society, estimated that there were 683,997 people in the United Kingdom with dementia.

Information about prevalence of cancer was published for the first time in July 2008 by the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN). This shows that there are currently approximately 1.6 million people in England who have been diagnosed with cancer, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer.

The information requested in respect of research expenditure is shown in the following table.

2007-08 Expenditure

£ million

Department

Medical Research Council

Cancer research

158.7

89.5

Dementia research

22.21

10.22

Notes:

1. National health service support for degenerative neurological disorder research and comparable expenditure from National Institute for Health Research funding streams (including the cost of the dementias and neurodegenerative diseases research network).

2. Includes spend on some projects not previously included in annual totals.