§ Sir E. Graham-Little
asked the Minister of Health what is the cost to date of the provision of spectacles and pharmaceutical benefits, including medical prescriptions, under the National Health Service Act, 1946.
§ Mr. Bevan
The actual payments for the provision of spectacles, including fees paid for sight-testing, and for pharmaceutical benefits including medical prescriptions, up to 30th September, 1948, the latest date for which figures are available, amounted to £981,951 and £1,905,447 respectively. These figures do not include the provision of spectacles or medicines through the hospital service.