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Optical Appliances Vouchers

Volume 228: debated on Thursday 8 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what has been the total number of optical appliances vouchers redeemed in Wales in each year since 1986; and what was the total cost of the optical appliances voucher scheme in Wales in each year since 1986.

The information is given in the table:

Optical appliance vouchers redeemed1Total cost of the optical appliance voucher scheme(£000)2
1986–873107,0002,087
1987–88180,3803,341
1988–89158,0003,265
1989–90152,7103,595
1990–91176,3504,278
Optical appliance vouchers redeemed1Total cost of the optical appliance voucher scheme(£000)2
1991–92205,2605,597
1992–934227,170
1 Number of vouchers paid for by Family Health Service Authorities during the financial year. Figures are based on a two per cent. sample.
2 Accrued expenditure relating to payments to opticians for value of vouchers excluding replacement and repair costs under the voucher scheme.
3 The voucher system came into operation on the 1 July 1986.
4 Provisional.