§ Mr. Pavitt
asked the Secretary of State For Social Services if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT his estimate of the savings in National Health Service expenditure made in the last year to a convenient date as a result of the price reductions negotiated with the suppliers of ampicillin.
§ Mr. Alison
The current price of the main presentation of ampicillin is approximately 20 per cent. of the introductory price in 1961 and without the price reductions made on all presentations of ampicillin, often on the company's own initiative, the cost to the general medical service could have been about £15 million greater for the year ending 30th September 1972, the latest period for which we have figures.