§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why the information about the average cost of the drugs given to a schizophrenic patient in an average course of treatment as an in-patient is not available to the Department of Health and Social Security when it has been obtained by the hon. Member for Willesden, West.
§ Mr. Alison
National figures for the cost of drugs prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia are not available because of the very large numbers of different therapeutic régimes applied to the various diagnostic categories of this disease. Separate records of the total quantities of the drugs so prescribed are not maintained centrally. If the hon. Member would care to write to me I will be glad to examine the material he has obtained.