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Sight Tests

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 22 July 1993

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what are the estimated savings made in 1992–93 as a result of the introduction of a charge for sight tests.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many national health service eye examinations have been undertaken since 1985 in each health and social services board and in Northern Ireland.

[holding answer 21 July 1993]: The number of health service sight tests undertaken in each year is shown in the table.

Thousands
Health and Social Services Board
Calendar yearEasternNorthernSouthernWesternNorthern Ireland Total
1985100·855·031·731·8219·3
1986105·357·232·933·2228·6
1987113·561·334·935·2244·9
1988130·667·241·440·4279·6
1198986·048·428·329·2191·9
199045·130·020·019·8114·9
199152·335·023·924·7135·9
199262·039·227·428·6157·2
1 From 1 April 1989 health service sight tests were restricted to certain groups in the population. The 1989 figures therefore include sight tests carried out under both the old and the new schemes. Consequently the 1989 figures are not directly comparable with those in 1990.