HC Deb 19 March 1985 vol 75 cc446-7W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his estimate of the saving to the Exchequer in Wales from his limiting of board and lodging payments to an average of £50 per week.

Mr. Whitney

Estimates of savings in respect of Wales are not available separately. The total estimated savings from all the proposals set out in the consultative document on board and lodging are expected to be of the order of £70 million in 1985–86 and somewhat higher in subsequent years.

Mr. Grylls

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many of the drugs and medicines specifically excluded from his limited list of prescribable drugs were not prescribable to National Health Service patients at the time the final list was originally published.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

All of the products which will cease to be available under the National Health Service on 1 April were prescribable, at National Health Service expense, when the final version of the selected list was announced. About 60 of them were, however, subject to recommendations of the advisory committee on borderline substances that they were not drugs in the circumstances of general practice and so should not be prescribed.

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