§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the cost of each slot machine placed in hospital outpatients departments to give a prescription tax stamp for each 2s. 6d. inserted; how many of these machines are now installed if a bulk purchase has been made by his department; if the cost is charged to the budget of the hospital concerned; if any contract has been 212W entered into for repair and maintenance; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ennals
Around £210 if bought or about £20 per annum upwards depending on the type if hired; the number is not known centrally; no; yes; hiring charges include maintenance and it is usual to have a servicing contract for a purchased machine.