Sir G. Lloyd
asked the Minister of Health the cost to the Exchequer for dentures, spectacles and prescriptions during the period from July, 1948, until October, 1951; and what was the cost for the same articles between October, 1951, and the nearest convenient date.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
Information in exactly the form requested is not avail-
Period General Dental Services Supplementary Ophthalmic Services Pharmaceutical Services £m. £m. £m. England and Wales 5th July, 1948 to 31st October, 1951 … 121.291 58.528 107.638 1st November, 1951 to 31st March, 1955 … 78.024 22.828 144.260 Scotland 5th July, 1948 to 31st October, 1951 … 15.943 6.565 12.603 1st November, 1951 to 31st March, 1955 … 8.970 2.142 17.757
NOTES: 1. Charges to patients for dentures and spectacles were introduced on 21st May, 1951, and for dental treatment and prescriptions from 1st June, 1952. 2. The amounts included up to 31st March, 1954, are derived from the statutory accounts, and those for the year 1st April, 1954, to 31st March, 1955, from the Parliamentary Estimate. 3. Separate figures for similar services provided by hospitals are not available.
for new scales of pay, as from 1st April, as follows:
able, but the following table shows the cost to the Exchequer of the general dental services, the supplementary ophthalmic services, and the pharmaceutical services which form part of the National Health Service during the periods mentioned. I have included figures for Scotland by arrangement with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State.