HC Deb 15 February 1982 vol 18 cc41-2W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, in view of the fact that when the imposition of charges for prescriptions, teeth and spectacles and so on was first introduced, it was stated to be a temporary measure, he will make it his policy to reaffirm the temporary nature of these charges and announce a date for abolition.

Dr. Vaughan

The charges for prescriptions, spectacles and dental treatment have been retained by successive Governments as a contribution towards the cost of the National Health Service. We have no plans to abolish charges.

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