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Prescription Charges

Volume 894: debated on Thursday 26 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when the present charge for prescriptions under the National Health Service was introduced; what the present charge would be if it had the same real value as when it was introduced; and what is the estimated revenue from prescription charges during the current financial year.

The main prescription charge of 20p has applied since 1st April 1971. The equivalent charge would now be about 30p. The estimated revenue from prescription charges during the financial year 1975–76 is £23·7 million for England.