HC Deb 21 April 1999 vol 329 c538W
Mr. Sayeed

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action the Government are taking to publicise free availability of spectacles for children. [79050]

Mr. Denham

Under the National Health Service optical voucher scheme children under the age of 16 and young people aged 16 to 18, who are in full time education, are entitled to an optical voucher which they may use to buy spectacles from a basic range or, if they choose, put towards the cost of more expensive spectacles or contact lenses. These arrangements are publicised in the following leaflets which the Department distributes to a wide range of public premises including optical practices, doctors' surgeries, pharmacies, post offices and social security officesHC11 "Are you entitled to help with health costs". HC12 "NHS charges and optical voucher values".

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