HC Deb 07 March 1960 vol 619 c8W
66. Sir M. Stoddart-Scott

asked the Minister of Health what would be the saving to the National Health Service if there was a removal of Purchase Tax from all drugs and dressings; and to what extent such a reduction would reduce the cost of dispensing.

Mr. Walker-Smith

No precise figures are available, but it is estimated that the annual saving to the National Health Service in England and Wales would be of the order of £¾ million and so far as prescriptions dispensed by chemists are concerned would reduce the average cost by less than 1d.