HC Deb 15 March 1983 vol 39 c140W
54. Mr. McGuire

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services by what percentage optical charges have risen in real terms since May 1979.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

After allowing for the increased cost of the service, the average charge paid by patients for a pair of glasses decreased by 5.4 per cent. between the quarters ending March 1979 and December 1982.