§ Mr. Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the estimated total saving on wigs, surgical boots, abdominal belts and elastic stockings, respectively, resulting from the passing of the National Health Service (Amendment) Bill.
§ Mr. J. Stuart
The estimated total annual income in Scotland from charges on wigs, surgical boots, abdominal belts and elastic stockings respectively, based on the number of these appliances issued under the hospital service in 1951, is as follows:
£ Wigs 2,500 Surgical boots 15,000 Abdominal belts 7,000 Elastic stockings 1,300 Total £25,800
These figures do not take into account any grants made by the National Assistance Board to persons unable to pay the charges without hardship.