§ Mr. Janner
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many patients in Scotland receive incontinence aids, including pads and pants, on prescription; what he estimates to be the annual cost of this service; and what estimate he has made of the cost if the service were provided through the health centres and district nurses.
§ Mr. John MacKay
[pursuant to his reply, 30 June 1986, c. 383]: In 1984 there were 150,000 general practitioner prescriptions for incontinence pads at a cost of £1.6 million. Incontinence pants and all other garments are provided through the district nursing service. The number of patients and administrative costs of provision by district nurses are not held centrally.