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Eyesight: Testing

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of privately-funded eye examinations paid for by an individual's employer. (250755)

The General Ophthalmic Services Activity Statistics for England and Wales for the year ending March 2008, published by the Information Centre, estimated that of the 16 million sight tests undertaken during 2007-08 5 million of these were privately funded sight tests. The Department does not collect statistics on privately funded sight tests and as a consequence has made no estimate of the proportion of those funded by employers.