HC Deb 03 February 1981 vol 998 c90W
55. Mr. Ashton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the estimated cost of prescriptions issued on the National Health Service; and what income he expects to receive in the current financial year.

Sir George Young

The estimated gross cost of prescriptions dispensed in the family practitioner services in England for the year ended 31 March 1981 is £1,000 million inclusive of fees and allowances. It is now estimated that income from patients' charges and prepayment certificates will be about £70 million.