HC Deb 25 May 1976 vol 912 cc102-3W
32. Mr. Gow

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services on what date the present prescription charge was fixed; what would be the current charge if it was the same in real terms; and what proposals he has to increase the charge.

Dr. Owen

The main prescription charge of 20p has applied since 1st April 1971. The equivalent charge would now be about 39p. We have no plans to increase the charge; our intention is to phase out all prescription charges as economic circumstances and resources available for the health services permit.

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