HC Deb 10 May 2004 vol 421 cc153-4W
Dr. Stoate

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to commission research targeted at the needs of people whose asthma fails to respond to current treatments. [170237]

Dr. Ladyman

The National Health Service health technology assessment programme has commissioned a systematic review to examine the impact of psycho-educational interventions on health outcomes and costs in adults and children with difficult asthma. The report is expected for publication in early 2005.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) always welcomes high quality applications from the scientific community for support for research into any aspect of human health, including severe difficult asthma, and these are judged in open competition with other demands in funding. Awards are made according to their scientific quality and importance to human health. In 2001–02, MRC expenditure on its respiratory disorders portfolio was an estimated £11.9 million, which included work on asthma.