§ Mr. Hanson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reasons individuals suffering from Crohn's disease who need medication for life are not exempt from prescription charges; 
(2) what plans he has to make prescriptions free for people suffering from Crohn's disease. 
§ Mr. Malone
We have no plans to extend the exemption arrangements. In 1996–97, we expect 85 per cent. of prescriptions to be dispensed free, thanks to our extensive exemption arrangements, which are among the most generous in Europe. Many people with Crohn's disease will benefit from these.