§ Ms Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations her Department has received about the adequacy of the voucher to cover the cost of spectacles; and how the estimate of the value of the voucher is reached.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
Departmental officials have met and exchanged correspondence about the value of optical vouchers with the Optical Voucher Consultative Committee, which is composed of representatives from the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, the Association of Optometrists and the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians. The value of optical vouchers is determined by the patients' optical prescription; the more complex the prescription, the higher the value of the voucher. Values currently range from £24.40 to £113.