HC Deb 29 June 1977 vol 934 c209W
Mr. Knox

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the value of goods and services provided by opticians under the National Health Service in the United Kingdom in each of the past three years.

Mr. Moyle

Information in the form requested is not available. However, the estimated costs of the provision of general ophthalmic services by opticians in the United Kingdom were as follows:

Year ended 31st March £ million
1975 38.4
1976 68.8*
1977 76.7
* Includes about £9 million arrears due in respect of earlier years.

The figures include income from patients' charges.

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