§ Lord HOUGHTON of SOWERBY
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is the present average cost per prescription and what is the average number of prescriptions per head of the population made out under the General Practitioner service in the most recent year for which the information is available.
§ Lord WELLS-PESTELL
In 1977, the latest year for which figures are available, the average total cost per prescription—that is the basic cost of the item prescribed plus the pharmacists' fees and allowances—dispensed by pharmacists and appliance contractors was £1–87; the average number of prescriptions issued per head of population was 6.47.