§ 87. Mr. Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what has been the total collected in National Health Service prescription charges in each of the last six years; and what is the estimated proportion paid by old people in each year.
§ Mr. Maclay
The reply to the first part of the Question consists of a table of figures, which appears below. I regret that no reliable estimate of the kind requested in the second half of the Question can be made.
Following is the table
Prescription charges payable by patients it Scotland Financial Year 1953–54 £758,053 1954–55 £789,411 1955–56 £815,711 1956–57 £886,441 1957–58 £1,145,651 1958–59 £1,136,600 Estimated