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Ophthalmic Services

Volume 174: debated on Monday 18 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, further to his reply of 15 May, Official Report, column 371, regarding glaucoma cases, when he expects to provide the information.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to my letter of 18 June 1990, a copy of which is also in the Library of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people on family credit or income support received free eye tests in Wales (a) in each quarter in 1988–89 and (b) in each quarter in 1989–90.

The data requested were not collected centrally prior to 1 April 1989, since when they have been collected on a six-monthly basis. The available information is given as follows:

Estimated1number of sight tests paid for by family practitioner committees in the six months ending
30 September 198931 March 1990
Adults receiving family credit or income support33,42035,700
1 Estimates based upon a 2 per cent, sample of all such sight tests.