HC Deb 06 July 2000 vol 353 c282W
Dr. Iddon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for(a) breast cancer (b) cervical cancer and (c) cancer of the prostate, (i) the number of cases diagnosed, (ii) the number of recorded and (iii) the amount of Government money spent on research in the financial year 1999–2000. [128117]

Yvette Cooper

Registrations of newly diagnosed cases of breast, cervical and prostate cancer in 1993 in England and Wales are as follows:

Breast cancer 30,495
Cervical cancer 3,302
Prostate cancer 17,208

The estimated figures for Government spend in 1999–2000 on research supported through the Medical Research Council and the Department are as follows:

£ million
Breast cancer 9.02
Cervical cancer 1.53
Prostate cancer 1.52

These figures do not include: Department of Health/National Health Service support for research commissioned by the research councils and research charities taking place in the NHS (with the exception of the Royal Marsden Trust/Institute of Cancer Research). The Department spends £63 million a year of this support on cancer research. Management of budgets is devolved and details of spend at project level are not collected routinely by the Department. Departmental and Medical Research Council expenditure on research projects relevant to all cancers, for example on the biological basis, causes, prevention, services, psychosocial issues and palliative care. Government spend via the higher education funding councils to universities (from the Department for Education and Employment) Government spend via research councils other than the MRC (from the Department of Trade and Industry).

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