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Dementia: Expenditure

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on medical research on (a) Alzheimer’s disease and (b) dementia in the latest year for which figures are available; and what proportion of his Department’s budget this represents. (253997)

National health service support for degenerative neurological disorder research and National Institute for Health Research investment in dementia research amounted in 2007-08 to £22.2 million. The Medical Research Council (MRC) spent £10.2 million on dementia research in the same year. This total expenditure of £32.4 million amounts to some 2.5 per cent. of the combined departmental research and development and MRC expenditure for the year.

Details of expenditure on research specifically concerned with Alzheimer’s disease are not available.