HC Deb 21 December 1989 vol 164 cc372-3W
Mr. Steinberg

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the Durham area have had eye tests since April 1989; and what was the figure for the same period in 1988.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

Statistics relating to private sight tests have not been gathered since April 1989. It is not therefore possible to supply directly comparable figures for the periods in question.

Miss Widdecombe

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to monitor the volume of private sight tests.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State is instituting a survey covering Great Britain which will begin next month. The results should be available in the early spring.

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