HC Deb 22 March 1984 vol 56 c581W
Mr. Hayes

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what was the cost of collecting prescription charges in 1983;

(2) if he is satisfied that the present system of collecting prescription charges is the most cost efficient; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

Prescription charges collected by pharmacist contractors are retained by them against NHS payments due to them. This is a highly effective system which operates at minimal cost.