HC Deb 07 May 1973 vol 856 cc18-9W
Mr. Bishop

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give an estimate of the cost of providing free prescriptions for single women pensioners; and if he will give further consideration to such provision.

Mr. Alison

About £¾ million a year in Great Britain. We see no reason to alter the existing arrangements under which all those aged 65 or over, and those under 65 who cannot afford to pay, are exempt from prescription charges.