§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the net increase in the price paid for drugs by the National Health Service for 1972 as a consequence of the operation of the voluntary price regulation scheme.
§ Sir K. Joseph
During 1972 price increases on some medicines supplied to the National Health Service in the United Kingdom were agreed to an estimated value of £2–6 million a year. Price reductions made on other medicines were estimated to have a value of £1–4 million a year. These estimates exclude the remuneration of pharmacists.