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Family Planning

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 10 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the cost to public funds for the most recent 12-month period for which figures are available of supplying under the National Health Service, without charge, contraceptive devices and related substances.

The latest information available about the cost of National Health Service family planning services gives expenditure of £76 million in England in 1985–86. This covers the cost of contraceptive substances and appliances prescribed, contraceptive fees paid to general practitioners and appropriate health authority staffing and overheads costs.