§ Mr. Gould
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many remissions of (i) dental and (ii) optical charges were made on grounds of low income to (a) those receiving supplementary benefit or family income supplement and (b) those receiving neither supplementary benefit nor family income supplement for each year since 1970.
§ Dr. Owen
The information for the period 1970 to the end of October 1974 is as follows:
collected in a different form. Below are the figures for England, for the period November 1974 to December 1975, giving the total numbers of remissions including partial remissions and refunds. The figures include those receiving supplementary benefit or family income sup 293W plement but no further breakdown of the numbers is available.
Dental* Optical November-December 1974 11,049 9,550 1975 366,460 564,143
* Source:—Dental Estimates Board: 5 per cent. of estimates for payment.