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Volume 499: debated on Tuesday 22 April 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the average cost of a National Health Service prescription in each of the five years from 1948 to 1952.

The approximate average cost per prescription in Scotland was 3s. 6d. in the second half of 1948; in 1949 it was 4s. 1d., in 1950 4s. 4½d., and in 1951 4s. 7d. Figures for 1952 are not yet available.

Can the Minister give any good reason why the implications of these figures should not be given every facility for full discussion under the National Health Bill now before the House?

That is rather a different point and perhaps is for those in charge of the National Health Bill.