HC Deb 21 January 1998 vol 304 cc599-600W
Mr. Syms

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimates his Department has made of the likely amount to be spent on research into diabetes in the current year; and how this compares with spending in the last five years. [23914]

Ms Jowell

It is estimated that in the 1997–98 financial year the Department of Health's Policy Research Programme will spend £266,000 on research into diabetes. The total value of studies currently being funded is £1 million.

This compares with funding over the last five years of:

  • 1992–93: £189,000
  • 1993–94: £288,000
  • 1994–95: £366,000
  • 1995–96: £488,000
  • 1996–97: £434,000.

A range of research projects related to diabetes is also being carried out under the centrally funded National Health Service Research and Development Programmes. For example, a study of digital imaging techniques for monitoring diabetic retinopathy will cost £388,644 in total.

The main agency through which the Government support medical and clinical research is the Medical Research Council. The Council spends approximately £3 million a year on research directly into diabetes.