Multiple Sclerosis: AIDS

Health written question – answered on 21st March 2007.

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Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's budget was for research into (a) multiple sclerosis and (b) AIDS in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

The information requested is shown in the tables.

Expenditure on multiple sclerosis research
£ million
Department Medical Research Council
1997-98 0.04 n/a
1998-99 0.6 n/a
1999-2000 0.5 n/a
2000-01 0.5 1.5
2001-02 0.6 2.1
2002-03 0.1 1.8
2003-04 0.1 1.1
2004-05 0.1 1.4
2005-06 0.8 n/a
n/a = not available
Expenditure on HIV/AIDS research
£ million
Department Medical Research Council
1997-98 1.1 n/a
1998-99 1 n/a
1999-2000 1 13
2000-01 1.3 15
2001-02 0.8 14
2002-03 1 11
2003-04 1 11
2004-05 1 11
2005-06 1 n/a
n/a = not available

The departmental figures relate to national research programme expenditure. They do not include expenditure in the areas of human health concerned from the research and development allocations made annually to national health service providers. That information is not held centrally.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is one of the main agencies through which the Government support biomedical research. The MRC is an independent body funded by the Department of Trade and Industry via the Office of Science and Innovation.

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