HC Deb 22 January 1980 vol 977 cc137-8W
Mr. Ernie Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his estimate of the cost of providing a free family planning service in Scotland.

Mr. Fairgrieve

Family planning advice and materials are provided free under the National Health Service at present except that prescription charges are payable for drugs and appliances. The estimated net cost to the Service in Scotland in the current financial year is £6.7 million, exclusive of the hospital costs of sterilisations undertaken for family planning purposes.

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