§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what information is available to his Department on the impact of rises in prescription charges on the average length of medication provided by the amount of drugs supplied on prescriptions; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
I regret that information is not available in the form requested.
Information is available on the average quantity of medicines prescribed per prescription. The data for the last 10 years show no clear relationship between changes in the quantity prescribed and increases in the prescription charge.