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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Mr. David Lammy): We have today laid before the House regulations to increase National Health Service charges in England from 1 April 2003. There will be a cash increase in the prescription charge of 10p from £6.20 to £6.30 for each quantity of a drug or appliance dispensed.
The cost of prescription pre-payment certificates will rise to £32.90 for a 4 month certificate and £90.40 for an annual certificate. These offer savings for those needing more than five items in four months or 14 in one year.
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NHS charges and optical voucher values in Scotland and Wales are a matter for the devolved Administrations. Whilst the institutions in Northern Ireland are dissolved, responsibility rests with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Office.
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|Item||Charges from1 April 2002 (£)||Charges from1 April 2002 (£)|
|4 months PPC||32.40||32.90|
|12 months PPC||89.00||90.40|
|Wig Partial Human Hair||135.90||138.00|
|Wig Full Human Hair||198.60||201.70|
|Maximum Dental Charge||366.00||372.00|
The Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Mr. Douglas Alexander): I have today placed in the Libraries of the House copies of the guidance that has been issued to civil servants in UK Departments on their role and conduct in the forthcoming election campaigns in Scotland and Wales and the local elections in England.