HC Deb 16 June 1992 vol 209 c518W
Mr. Wallace

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate his Department has made of the annual cost of introducing financial support for patients on non-doctored islands travelling to primary health care practitioners for treatment.

Mr. Allan Stewart

[holding answer 15 June 1992]: The costs of introducing a scheme to cover the cost of travelling for treatment to primary health care practitioners would vary according to its range and coverage, £400,000 and £1,200,000 per annum. As my right hon. and learned Friend Lord Fraser of Carmylie stated in his letter of 6 May to the hon. Member, there is however no immediate prospect of introducing a financial support scheme of this sort.