§ Sandra Gidley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of providing pensioners with a free annual(a) eye test, (b) dental check and (c) hearing test. 
§ Ms Rosie Winterton
We restored entitlement to free sight tests for people aged 60 and over in 1999 and hearing tests have always been available free of charge for patients referred to a national health service audiology department. People on low incomes may be exempt from dental charges or may only have to pay a reduced charge. We estimate that patient income of some £23 million per year would be lost if dental examinations were made free to all people aged 60 and over.