HC Deb 02 July 2003 vol 408 c350W
Mr. Pickles

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on Government support for projects to develop gene therapy relating to cystic fibrosis. [122193]

Miss Melanie Johnson

We have committed a total of £5.5 million to develop treatments for single gene disorders; £2.5 million of which is specifically earmarked for cystic fibrosis (CF) gene therapy clinical research. An investment of up to £4 million will also provide access to facilities for gene therapy vector production for National Health Service and other public sector researchers. The United Kingdom CF gene therapy research community will be eligible to benefit from this investment.