30710 - Stem Cells: Research (Answered)

Tulip Siddiq
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2016 to Question 28970, how much public funding for stem cell research has been allocated through the National Institute for Health Research in each year since 2003-04.

George Freeman

The information requested is not available. Spend on research funded directly by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is categorised by Health Research Classification System (HRCS) health categories. There is no HRCS category for stem cell research.

Prior to the establishment of the NIHR in April 2006, the main part of the Department’s total health research expenditure was devolved to and managed by National Health Service organisations. The NHS organisations reported on their use of these allocations in annual research and development reports. These reports estimated total, aggregated spend on certain priority areas but spend on stem cell research was not estimated. From April 2006 to March 2009, transitional research funding was allocated to these organisations at reducing levels. At the same time, an increasing amount of NHS research funding was awarded competitively through new NIHR programmes and schemes.