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Medical Research: Funding

December 13, 2006

Question written on 13/12/2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated from the total NHS budget to (a) HIV and AIDS and (b) multiple sclerosis services and research in 2006-07.

Answered by Caroline Flint

Primary care trusts provide health care for those living with HIV and AIDS and multiple sclerosis funded from their general allocations. The total funding for HIV/AIDS and multiple sclerosis is therefore not separately identifiable.The main agency through which the Government supports biomedical research is the Medical Research Council.The Department provides funding mainly through allocations made annually to national health service providers for research and development to meet the priorities and needs of the NHS and to meet the costs to the NHS of hosting research supported by external funders. Research priorities are identified locally and the Department does not specify the disease or other areas in which the allocations made must be spent.