HC Deb 27 June 1996 vol 280 cc193-4W
Mr. Thurnham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate how many people suffering(a) schizophrenia, (b) manic depression and (c) other severe mental illness receive free prescriptions; and if he will make a statement. [34103]

Mr. Malone

This information is not available. In 1996–97, we expect 85 per cent. of prescriptions to be dispensed free, thanks to our extensive exemption arrangements, which are among the most generous in Europe. Many people with mental health problems will benefit from these.