HC Deb 12 December 1985 vol 88 cc743-4W
Mr. Meacher

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, for each quarter of the calendar year 1984, the first three quarters of 1985 and for the financial years 1983–84 and 1984–85, what was (a) the number of prescriptions dispensed, (b) the percentage of prescriptions exempt from charges, (c) the costs of prescriptions (i) the payments by patients (excluding pre-payment certificates), (ii) the payments from public funds, (iii) the total costs, (iv) the average gross costs per prescription, (d) the number and type of pre-payment certificate and (e) the revenue from sale of pre-payment certificates.

Mr. John MacKay

The information available on NHS prescriptions dispensed by chemist contractors and appliance suppliers in Scotland is given in the table:

million savings announced by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in his statement of 28 November, Official Report, column 1033.

Mr. Younger

Expenditure on Votes within my responsibility will be reduced by a total of £2 million, reflecting expected savings, as follows:

Vote Reduction £ thousand
XV, 1 (Agricultural Support, Scotland) 250
XV, 2 (Agricultural Services and Fisheries Scotland) 550
XV, 6 (Roads, Transport and Environmental Services, Scotland) 1,114
XV, 9 (New Towns, Scotland) 86

Corresponding reductions are being made in the cash limits for: Vote XV, 2 from £67,003 million to £66,453 million and for Vote XV, 6 from £147.467 million to £146.353 million.