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Volume 932: debated on Tuesday 24 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what reduction he expects to make in the amount paid to independent pharmacists for National Health Service prescriptions in the next full year; and what reduction in percentage terms and in real values that represents.

While it is impossible at present to forecast the overall amount which will be paid in the next full year to retail pharmacists for NHS dispensing, it is extremely unlikely that there will be any reduction in cash terms as compared with the current year.