HC Deb 23 February 1989 vol 147 cc797-8W
Mr. Hoyle

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what have been the costs to his Department of the changes in the artificial limb service in 1986, 1987 and 1988; and what are the budgets for this service in 1989 and 1990.

Mr. Mellor

The cost of supplying and maintaining artificial limbs for 1985–86 and 1986–87 was £36.068 million and £38.689 million respectively. The cost for the period April to June 1987 was £9.642 million. Expenditure on the artificial limbs in England from 1 July 1987 is a matter for the Disablement Services Authority, to which the hon. Member should address this part of the question.