HC Deb 24 May 2004 vol 421 c1390W
Mr. Burstow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to his Department of freezing prescription charges at their current price over the next five years. [173184]

Ms Rosie Winterton

The level of the prescription charge is considered annually and no forecast is made of future charge levels. It is therefore not possible to estimate the cost of freezing the current charge.