§ 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. 
§ 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 exemption194W arrangements, which are among the most generous in Europe. Many people with mental health problems will benefit from these.