§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will break down the net increase of £40 million in total income from charges following his statement of 11 March, Official Report, column 22, showing the amount attributable to increases in (a) prescription charges and pre-payment certificates, (b) dental charges, (c) elastic stockings and tights, wigs and fabric supports, (d) charges for private patients and (e) charges for overseas visitors.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The information is as follows:
£ million a. Prescription charges and prepayment certificates 19 b. Dental charges 49 c. Elastic stockings and tights, wigs and fabric supports *1 d. Charges for private patients 4 e. Charges for overseas visitors 0.1 f. Other †1 74 Less: Loss of income on the General Ophthalmic Services (-)35 39 * Estimate (not separately identified) † Mainly additional income from road traffic accident charges and blood handling charges.