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Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) remit, (b) work programme and (c) membership is of the ministerial taskforce on dementia research; and if he will make a statement. (306046)

I announced plans to establish a new ministerial group on dementia research following the very successful ministerial summit on dementia research held in July this year. The remit of the group will be to maintain the momentum begun at the summit by developing a new vision for the future of dementia research and advising on practicable ways to achieve that vision.

The group will cover the full spectrum of scientific research, including work on cause (including prevention), cure and care. Its detailed work programme is for the group to determine, but will be driven by three main objectives:

to devise ways to use available resources more effectively to help increase the volume and impact of high quality dementia research;

to develop a strategy for increasing public support for dementia research; and

to provide informed and authoritative advice on Government policy and wider national and international initiatives.

Membership is currently being finalised, but the group will include the key bodies with a stake in dementia research, including the main charities, the commercial sector and people living with dementia.