§ Sir R. Russell
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give a list of local authorities which offer contraceptives free to girls over 16 years of age under the National Health Service Family Planning Act, 1967.
§ Mr. Alison
I understand that the following local health authorities in England provide contraceptives free to residents over 16 years of ageCamden London Borough Council, Kingston-upon-Hull County Borough Council, Lambeth London Borough Council and Lewisham London Borough Council.In non-medical cases West Riding County Council provides free supplies to the married only. I am informed that 152 other local health authorities provide free supplies where there are medical grounds for preventing pregnancy, some of these authorities restricting their service to the married; where supplies are 212W provided, and charged for, in non-medical cases arrangements should be made for exemption on the grounds of financial hardship.