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Gareth Thomas (Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office); Harrow West, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on AIDS research in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and how much he expects to spend in 2012-13.

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Simon Burns (The Minister of State, Department of Health; Chelmsford, Conservative)

Expenditure by the Department through research programmes, research centres and units, and research training awards on research, on HIV and AIDS is shown in the following table.

  HIV and AIDS (£ million)
2010-11 4.8
2011-12 4.3

In addition, the Department supports research on HIV and AIDS through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN). Spend on these topics cannot be disaggregated from total CRN expenditure.

Expenditure in 2012-13 on research on HIV and AIDS depends on the volume and quality of scientific activity. The usual practice of the NIHR is not to ring-fence funds for expenditure on particular topics: research proposals in all areas compete for the funding available. The NIHR welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including HIV and AIDS. These applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the scientific quality of the proposals made.

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