§ Mr. Tipping
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of prescription items have a cost of less than £5.50. 
§ Mr. Malone
In 1995–96, it is estimated that 58 per cent. of all prescription items dispensed in England will have a total cost of less than £5.50. In the same year we estimate the average total cost of a single item to the national health service to be £8.80.