§ 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.