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Prescription Charges

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate the annual increase in revenue if prescription charges had been increased in line with the rise in the retail price index since the present level of charges was established. (71973)

The information available in respect of England is shown in the table.

Estimated change in revenue from prescription charges and pre-payment certificate fees if these had been increase in line with inflation.

Change in revenue (£ million)

1971

-6.0

1972

1.5

1973

2.1

1974

3.8

1975

5.7

1976

3.1

1977

3.4

1978

1.8

1979

-15.8

1980

-17.9

1981

-16.7

1982

-15.4

1983

-2.3

1984

-8.7

1985

-17.5

1986

-8.0

1987

-6.1

1988

-3.4

1989

-0.1

1990

3.1

1991

-12.4

1992

-12.3

1993

-22.4

1994

-20.1

1995

-15.0

1996

-6.2

1997

2.7

1998

1.8

1999

-2.2

2000

6.1

2001

0.1

2002

0.2