HL Deb 04 December 1989 vol 513 c727

Lord Northfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will ask the General Optical Council to give publicity to their role of investigating complaints against opticians for unnecessary prescribing and over-pricing in the selling of spectacles.

Baroness Hooper

The General Optical Council is responsible for ensuring the professional standing and integrity of the ophthalmic profession. Any instances of unnecessary prescribing would be considered as a disciplinary offence and subject to investigation under the terms of the General Optical Council rules. Disciplinary hearings are open to the public and the press. A press statement is issued by the General Optical Council on the outcome of any hearing.

The sale of spectacles is a private transaction. Allegations of over-pricing would therefore need to be made to the local trading standards officer, who would be responsible for taking action if appropriate.