Health written question – answered on 6th April 2005.

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Photo of Bruce George Bruce George Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) indirect and direct funding and (b) other support he provided to dermatology research in each of the last five years.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The main agency through which the Government support medical and clinical research is the Medical Research Council (MRC). The MRC is an independent body funded by the Department of Trade and Industry via the Office of Science and Technology.

The Department funds research to support policy and to provide the evidence needed to underpin quality improvement and service development in the national health service.

Both the MRC and the Department are currently supporting skin research. Past expenditure on such research is shown in the table.

Expenditure on skin research 1999–2000 to 2003–04
MRC Department's national research programmes (£000)
1999–2000 0.342 301
2000–01 0.548 452
2001–02 1.17 million 300
2002–03 1.58 million 283
2003–04 1.8 million 613

Over 75 per cent. of the Department's total expenditure on health research is devolved to and managed by NHS organisations. Details of completed and ongoing projects, including a significant number concerned with dermatology, can be found on the national research register at

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