§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis the fee for emergency treatment under section 155 of the Road Traffic Act 1972 has been calculated; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Sackville
The emergency treatment fee, collected under section 158 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, is payable for immediate medical attention following a road traffic accident. The fee represents a contribution towards the actual costs incurred. Orginally set at 12s 6d in 1934, it was not raised until 1969, since when it has been periodically uprated in line with inflation.