228818 - Research (Answered)

Mr Clive Betts
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research reports his Department has commissioned from external bodies between September 2010 and December 2014 have not been published; when each such report was commissioned; what the nature of the research commissioned for each report was; from whom each such research report was commissioned; what the value of each such commission was; on what date each such report was received by his Department; for what reason each such research report has not yet been published; and when he plans to publish each such report.

George Freeman

The Department funds research through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Department’s Policy Research Programme (PRP). The NIHR’s policy statement on open access for its funded research can be found on the NIHR website:

http://www.nihr.ac.uk/policy-and-standards/nihr-policy-on-open-access-for-its-funded-research.htm

Details of commissioned and researcher-led projects funded through programmes managed by the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre can be found on the centre’s website:

http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/projects?collection=netscc&meta_P_sand=Project

These details include research summary, contractor, cost, start date, estimated date of publication, and links to commissioning briefs and published reports.

Details of projects, initiatives and long-term programmes of research currently funded by the PRP are available on the website of the PRP Central Commissioning Facility:

http://www.prp-ccf.org.uk/

These details include research summary, contractor, start date, and estimated date of completion. Cost will be included in future updates. The website also has links to summary final reports received since April 2011.