HC Deb 06 February 1973 vol 850 cc213-4
14. Mr. Ashton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will state as a percentage the difference in the number of prescriptions issued by general practitioners for the years 1969 and 1972.

Mr. Alison

The estimated figure for England is an increase of 4.6 per cent.

Mr. Ashton

Since the Conservatives have doubled the cost of prescriptions, and in view of the information in the reply that more prescriptions are being issued, does not this mean a greater imposition on the sick?

Mr. Alison

No greater an imposition than was the introduction of prescription charges from nil by the Labour Party.

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