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Prescription Charges

Volume 827: debated on Friday 3 December 1971

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will seek powers to exclude all persons in receipt of National Insurance retirement pensions from National Health Service prescription charges.

We see no reason to alter the existing arrangements, under which everyone who is aged 65, or over or who is under 65 and cannot afford to pay the charge, is entitled to exemption or a refund.