§ Mr. Litterick
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what estimate his Department has made of the probable saving to the Exchequer of charging the full cost of treating vehicle accident victims in National Health Service hospitals to insurance companies.
§ Dr. Owen
I have nothing at present to add to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 22nd July—[Vol. 915, c. 2010–36]—that it is proposed to save a further £20 million in l977–78—£40 million in a full year—by legislation to recoup mainly from insurance companies the full cost to the National Health Service of treating road accident cases 419W The Government will hold immediate consultations with the insurance companies and other interests concerned.