To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost was to the NHS in 1990 values of the Prescription Pricing Authority in each year from 1990–91 to 2002–03; (2) how much was paid to the Prescription Pricing Authority for each prescription dispensed in each year since 1990–91, in 1990 values. 
The cost to the national health service in 1990–91 values of the Prescription Pricing Authority (PPA) and the cost of dispensing each prescription is shown in the table.
|Cost of the PPA in 1990–91 values (£000s)||Cost of dispensing each prescription item in 1990–91 values (£s)|
The figures in column 1 represent the joint revenue and capital cost and vary according to what is required of the PPA in any year.
The figures in column 2 have been calculated on the basis that the entire cost of PPA has been used for processing prescriptions.