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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will change the situation whereby females can obtain free prescriptions over the age of 60 years but males cannot receive free prescriptions until after the age of 65 years.
No. I think it quite reasonable to relate this provision to pensionable age.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will state the cost of allowing free prescriptions to those in receipt of invalidity benefit who are (a) males under the age of 65 years and (b) females under the age of 60 years; and if he will make a statement.
In England, to exempt all recipients of contributory invalidity benefit from prescription charges who are not otherwise exempt would cost approximately: