§ Mr. Sheerman
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will exempt students in full-time higher education from charges for dental treatment.
§ Mrs. Currie
Full-time students under 19 are already exempt from dental charges. Others on a low income can get free treatment or help with the cost depending on their circumstances. We have no plans to extend these arrangements.
§ Mr. Shersby
To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects that the proposed charge for eye tests will be introduced.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
I expect that free sight tests under the National Health Service will be confined to certain groups from 1 April 1989. From that date, the level of any fees for those ceasing to be entitled to an NHS test will be entirely a matter for the practitioner's own commercial judgment.