HC Deb 26 November 1973 vol 865 cc72-3W
Mr. Pardoe

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services on what date his Department last entered into discussions with the Central National Health Service (Chemist Contractors) Committee concerning the collection of prescriptions in rural areas ; what was the outcome ; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Alison

On 22nd July, 1971. Consideration of information supplied by the committee to the Department in 1971–72 is not yet complete ; the difficulty is to devise criteria which would distinguish cases where the use of public money for these services would be justified in England.