§ Mr. Harvey
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the percentage take-up of prescription pre-payment certificates by patients who would benefit financially from so doing; 
(2) how many people purchased prescription pre-payment certificates for (a) a four month period and (b) a 12 month period in the last three years for which figures are available. 
§ Ms Stuart
The information is not available in the format requested
Information available about the number of pre-payment certificates (PPCs) purchased in England is in the table. The figures are estimates, rounded to the nearest 10,000, as some health authorities failed to return data in one or more of the years.
Thousand PPCs 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 4 month 500 490 550 12 month 300 290 330