HC Deb 08 February 1999 vol 325 cc116-7W
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment in 1997–98; and how much was spent on HIV/AIDS research in 1997–98 on projects wholly and partly funded by his Department. [69167]

Ms Jowell

In 1997–98 health authorities in England were allocated £199.3 million for the treatment and care of HIV/AIDS patients. This amount was not ring-fenced to allow health authorities flexibility to spend more or less in the light of local circumstances. The Department does not routinely collect information on the amount actually spent on HIV/AIDS services.

In 1997–98, local authorities were provided with £13.7 million as a contribution towards the cost of community care services for people with severe HIV and AIDS. The AIDS support grant scheme operates on a 70:30 basis with local authorities providing at least 30 per cent. of the total spent. The Department also made available £1.5 million to the voluntary sector through the Section 64 general scheme to provide care, support services and information to people affected by HIV and AIDS.

In 1997–98 health authorities in England were allocated £52.3 million which was ring-fenced for HIV Prevention activities and in the same year £4.6 million was spent on national health promotion campaigns and initiatives.

Departmental expenditure on HIV/AIDS research in 1997–98 was £117,000 for wholly funded work and around £1.275 million on partly funded research. The National Health Service research and development levy is also used to support research and development in health care settings. Project details are not held centrally and some further HIV/AIDS work may be supported by this route.

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