39005 - Antibiotics: Research (Answered)

David Simpson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much public funding has been provided for research into new alternatives to antibiotics in each of the last five years.

George Freeman

The information requested is not available.

The Department funds the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to increase the volume of applied health research for the benefit of patients and the public, drive faster translation of basic science discoveries into tangible benefits for patients and the economy, and develop and support the people who conduct and contribute to applied health research. NIHR infection research expenditure has nearly doubled from £15.9 million in 2009/10 to £31.5 million in 2014/15 (the latest available figure). Data is not held for total NIHR expenditure on specific topics such as new alternatives to antibiotics.

In November 2015, the NIHR announced investment of over £15.8 million in studies funded following a themed call for research proposals into antimicrobial resistance.