HC Deb 29 June 1983 vol 44 c98W
Mr. Arnold

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the current annual level of expenditure by the National Health Service on anti-depressant and related drugs; and what have been the corresponding figures for each of the past five years (a) in absolute terms and (b) adjusted for inflation in the cost of these products.

Mr. John Patten

Information is available only for the family practitioner service, not for the hospital and community health service.

The total basic drug cost of anti-depressants and anti-depressant and sedative-tranquilliser combinations prescribed and dispensed within the family practitioner service in England in the last five years is as follows*.

the years 1979 to 1982 inclusive; and if he will list by number the regulation under which they were made in 1981 and 1982.

Dr. Boyson

I regret that the information requested is not available.

Data collected on the number of supplementary benefit payments made do not seperately identify payments made under the urgent cases regulations.