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Medical Research

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding was allocated by his Department for medical research in England and Wales in each of the last three years; and how much of such funding was spent in Wales; (308129)

(2) how much of the funding allocated to medical research by his Department in England and Wales in each of the last three years was deemed to be of lower priority; and how much such lower priority funding was spent in Wales.

The funding information available is shown in the following table.

Department of Health research funding

£ million

NHS Research and Development (R and D)

NHS R and D funding spent in Wales

2006-07

659

2

2007-08

730

1.7

2008-09

792

2.7

The Welsh administration separately funds health research in Wales.

The health research system in England is one which the available funds are allocated following open and rigorous competition in support of high quality research focused on the needs of patients and the national health service.