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Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 9 April 1952

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asked the Minister of Health the average cost of a National Health Service prescription in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1948, 1949, 1950 and 1951, respectively.

The average cost in 1948, 1949 and 1950, respectively, was approximately 2s. 3½d., 2s. 8½d. and 2s. 11d. Complete figures for 1951 are not available, but the average cost from January to May inclusive was approximately 3s. 2d.

asked the Minister of Health the average number of outpatients during the last six months attending the Whitehaven Hospital; the number and cost of prescriptions over the same period; and how many prescriptions were issued at a cost of less than 1s.

Most of the information asked for is not available and could be obtained only with the expenditure of disproportionate time and trouble.