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Government releases figure for health-research spending

Details of government spending on medical research have been released in a written answer given in the House of Commons on 5 March.

The National Institute for Health Research spent £921 million in 2011-12, just £1m more than the previous year, while the Policy Research Programme—which commissions evidence gathering across the Department for Health—spent £31m, £9m less than in 2010-11. The Medical Research Council spent £688m in total in 2011-12, which is £22m more than in the previous year.

The figures were requested by James Morris, Conservative MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, and given by the parliamentary under secretary of state for health Dan Poulter.

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