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Prescriptions

Volume 124: debated on Monday 14 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of Slate for Social Services how many items were issued free of charge to general practitioner prescription (i) to women aged 60 years or over, (ii) to men aged 65 years or over and (iii) to men aged 60 to 65 years in receipt of supplementary pension or housing benefit supplement in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and, in each case, if he will estimate the cost to public funds.

The number of items received in England by women aged 60 and over and men aged 65 or over in the last five years for which figures are available and the estimated total cost of these items are as follows. Separate figures for women and men are not available.

YearNumber of Items (million)Total Cost (£ millions)
1982112·7454·0
1983117·2511·2
1984121·0557·2
1985125·7625·1
1986129·6683·0
Information on the number and cost of items received by men aged 60 to 65 years in receipt of supplementary benefit or housing benefit supplement is not available, but estimated figures are as follows:

Number (millions)Cost (£ million)
19821·45·5
19831·88·1
19842·19·8
19852·210·9
19862·312·0