§ Mr. David Watkins
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what was the average increase in the cost of prescribed drugs in the National Health Service over each of the last five financial years.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
The average increase over the previous financial year in the cost of prescribed drugs in England, excluding the hospital services, was:
per cent. 1977–78 28.3 1978–79 20.0 1979–80 14.1 1980–81 20.6 1981–82 14.1