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Drugs: Fees and Charges

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the costs associated with running a further consultation on Part IX of the Drug Tariff; (201227)

(2) when his Department plans to publish its further consultation on Part IX of the Drug Tariff; and if he will make a statement.

The costs associated with running a further consultation have been estimated at £393,000. These costs will be for the services of professional advisors. The Department's costs are part of its ongoing operational budget.

The Department intends to publish a further consultation regarding the arrangements under Part IX of the Drug Tariff for the provision of stoma and incontinence appliances—and related services—in primary care towards the end of May 2008. An impact assessment and equality impact assessment will be published alongside this.