HC Deb 15 December 1992 vol 216 c294
Q7. Mrs. Jacqui Lait

To ask the Prime Minister if he will list his official engagements for Tuesday 15 December.

The Prime Minister

I refer my hon. Friend to the reply that I gave some moments ago.

Mrs. Lait

Has my right hon. Friend seen today's reports that 1 million more free eye tests were given in 1991 than in 1990, and that there were 7 million more private tests? Is that not a demonstration of the success of the Health Secretary's publicity policy on free tests?

The Prime Minister

Indeed, it is. In this, as in much else to do with the national health service, the Labour party got it wrong in everything that it said at the time. It peddled stories that people would not have eyesight tests, but the reality is now clear: more people than ever before are doing so. They know that there is no purpose in listening to the Labour party on the national health service —it is always wrong.