HC Deb 05 August 1975 vol 897 c168W
10. Mr. Peter Walker

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why she introduced new forms for sight testing under the general ophthalmic services regulations on 1st July this year.

Dr. Owen

Because previous forms did not fully meet the requirements of the 1974 regulations made by my predecessor on 25th February 1974, and, in particular, the requirement that after the sight test the patient should be given a prescription for any glasses needed, which he should be free to take to the optician of his choice.