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Cancer: Children

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding the National Cancer Research Network has provided for paediatric oncology in each of the last five years; and what proportion of this support has been spent on projects relating to (a) brain tumours and (b) leukaemia treatment and care. (250692)

The National Cancer Research Network (NCRN) forms part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) clinical research network. It supports high quality research studies funded by the NIHR and its research partners through the provision of the necessary health service infrastructure.

The NCRN’s specialised research network on paediatric oncology, led by the UK Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group, receives dedicated funding from the NCRI. The amounts allocated over the last four years have been:

£000

2005-06

115

2006-07

117

2007-08

119

2008-09

122

The Department also currently allocates £50,000 a year to each of four NHS trusts specifically to provide infrastructure support for early phase studies devoted to children with cancer.

Information on the attribution of these funds to research relating to individual tumour sites is not held centrally.