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Research: Cancer

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much the Medical Research Council spent on research into (a) leukaemia, (b) brain cancer, (c) lung cancer, (d) colo-rectal cancer, (e) breast cancer and (f) prostate cancer in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08. (276945)

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is one of the main agencies through which the Government support medical and clinical research. The MRC is currently funding a large portfolio of site-specific and general underpinning cancer research. In 2007/08, the MRC’s expenditure on cancer research amounted to £89.5 million.

The MRC’s expenditure on research related to leukaemia, brain cancer, lung cancer, colo-rectal cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer in 2005/06 to 2007/08 is as follows:

£

Area

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

Leukaemia

13.8 million

13.3 million

14.0 million

Brain cancers

900,000

940,000

970,000

Lung cancer

1.6 million

2.1 million

2.0 million

Colo-rectal cancer

9.2 million

9.2 million

11.4 million

Breast cancer

5.9 million

5.7 million

6.3 million

Prostate cancer

6.2 million

5.1 million

5.8 million