§ Mr. Djanogly
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost to the NHS of(a)a cataract extraction and (b)a cataract extraction with a lens implant was in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
§ Ms Blears
The national average cost for a cataract extraction with lens implant varies according to how the procedure is undertaken. For 2000–01 the national unit costs are:
Unit cost £ Phakoemulsification cataract extraction with lens implant Elective in-patient 861 Non-elective in-patient 1,073 Day case 583 Other cataract extraction with lens implant Elective in-patient 799 Non-elective in-patient 1,283 Day case 572
These costs exclude the cost of out-patient attendances. In 2000–01, 594,320 such attendances were reported for cataract and lenses. The unit cost is £60 per attendance.
No separate costings are available for a cataract extraction without implant.