To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) assessment has he made of the adequacy of current levels of funding available for research into cures for Parkinson's and (b) steps is he taking to increase research funding for that purpose.
19 November 2021
No specific assessment has been made. The Department funds research through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Additionally, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funds research primarily through the Medical Research Council, the Biotechnology Biological Sciences Research Council, and the Economic and Social Research Council. From 2015/16 to 2019/20, the Government spent £114.8 million on research into Parkinson’s disease through the NIHR and UKRI. On 14 November 2021 we committed to invest £375 million over the next five years to improve understanding and treatment for a range of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease.