HC Deb 17 June 1997 vol 296 cc105-6W
Mr. Swinney

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much his Department has spent on research into food poisoning in each of the last five years, broken down to show the funds dedicated to(a) E.coli, (b) campylobacter and (c) salmonella; [3612]

(2) how much his Department has budgeted for research into food poisoning in 1997–98, broken down to show the funds dedicated to (a) E.coli, (b) campylobacter and (c) salmonella.[3613]

Ms Jowell

Funding for food poisoning research comes principally from the Department's Microbiological Food Safety surveillance and research budget (1997–98 allocation £2.3 million), supplemented by further amounts from the Department's general research and development budget and through core funding of the Public Health Laboratory Service and the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research. The total budget allocation, and expenditure before 1993, could only be derived at disproportionate costs.

Information on funding since the 1993–94 financial year is given in the table;

Camplyobacter, E. Coli and Salmonella research and surveillance expenditure funded from DH budgets1
Financial Year Campylobacter E. Coli Salmonella
1993–94 399 185 523
1994–95 405 397 391
1995–96 702 459 603
1996–97 673 884 332
1997–982 472 978 334
1Excluding PHLS core funding.
2Amount committed to spend through current contracts.

The Department of Health is also funding the Intestinal Infectious Diseases study which is currently expected to cost a total of £2.6 million. This study involves Campylobacter, E.coli 0157 and Salmonellaas well as other pathogens. Additionally, there are other projects funded by the Department which involves research/surveillance into two or more pathogens. Although these include Campylobacter or E.coli 0157 or Salmonella because other pathogens are involved the cost of these projects is not included in the above table. The Department of Health intends to place more research and surveillance contracts which will receive funding during the current financial year.