HC Deb 09 February 1990 vol 166 c802W
Mr. Allen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what amount of the additional revenue raised by the £10 charge for sight tests has been allocated to the National Health Service.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

As from 1 April 1989, free NHS sight tests ceased to be generally available except to young people, those in respect of certain social security benefits or assessed as being on low incomes, and people with certain medical needs. The savings, estimated at £70 million in a full year, which have been generated from the reduced number of NHS sight tests to be paid for have been used to fund other areas of primary health care.