HC Deb 19 November 1979 vol 974 cc30-1W
Mr. Field

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list in the Official Report the cost of extending free optical care to the claimants of invalidity benefit.

Mr. Prentice

The cost cannot be estimated reliably in the absence of information about individual patients' optical needs and choices but would probably be of the order of £½ million.