HC Deb 08 December 1971 vol 827 cc335-6W
Mr. Luce

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will revise the prescription exemption list so that it includes those with chronic bronchial asthma.

Mr. Alison

This is not practicable, for the reasons mentioned in my reply to the hon. Member for Oldham, West (Mr. Meacher) on 25th May. But anyone who is not otherwise exempt and who cannot afford to pay prescription charges is entitled to exemption or a refund; and where exemption cannot be claimed the prepayment certificate is available for those who need frequent prescriptions.—[Vol. 818, c. 69–70.]