§ Mr. Pawsey
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the total annual cost of providing contraceptive services in England and Wales, including pharmaceutical costs and the overhead charge involved in providing such services.
§ Mrs. Currie
The available information relates to expenditure on family planning provided through health authority community health services, including overheads, the contraceptive fees paid to GPs and the estimated net ingredient cost of contraceptive drugs and appliances prescribed by general practitioners and dispensed by pharmacists. These give an estimated expenditure in 1986–87 of £86 million for England and Wales.