§ Mrs. Ellman
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the(a) actual and (b) percentage increase in the price of generic drugs to the NHS over the last 12 months. 
§ Mr. Denham
An index of Drug Tariff prices for the top 100 generic drugs dispensed in 1998 (by net ingredient cost) for this year is as follows:
Month Index January 100.0 April 103.4 May 106.5 June 112.0 July 117.0 August 124.4 September 126.2 October 130.7 November 132.9
It has been possible to provide only 11 months' data.