§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has made available for research into the use and benefits of assistive technology in each of the last six years.
§ Ms Blears
The Department does not support major programmes of research into the use and benefits of assistive technology. However, in accordance with Section 22 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970, annual reports on assistive technology research and development have been laid before Parliament, most recently in July 2002. Copies are available in the Library, and also on the Department's website at www.doh.gov.uk/research. The reports describe the wide range of Government funded projects supporting the development, introduction and evaluation of assistive technology.